1. Family: Malvaceae Juss.
    1. Adansonia L.

      1. This genus is accepted, and its native range is Tropical & S. Africa, Madagascar, S. Arabian Peninsula, NW. Australia.

    [FZ]

    Bombacaceae, H. Wild. Flora Zambesiaca 1:2. 1961

    Habit
    Trees, trunk often of great girth.
    Leaves
    Leaves digitately 3–9-foliolate, leaflets entire.
    Flowers
    Flowers large, solitary in the leaf-axils; pedicels with 2 bracteoles.
    Calyx
    Calyx deeply 5-lobed, villous inside.
    Corolla
    Petals 5.
    Stamens
    Stamens ?, united into a tube below; anthers reniform and often somewhat coiled.
    Pistil
    Ovary 5–10-locular, loculi multiovulate; stigma 5–10-lobed.
    Fruits
    Fruit indehiscent, woody, oblong-cylindric to globose.
    Seeds
    Seeds many, embedded in a pulpy or floury matrix; endosperm in a very thin layer; cotyledons contorted.
    [FTEA]

    Bombacaceae, H. Beentje (East African Herbarium). Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1989

    Habit
    Soft-wooded trees, often of great girth
    Leaves
    Leaves digitate; leaflets 3-9, entire, the innermost larger than the outer ones
    Flowers
    Flowers axillary and solitary, large, pendulous; pedicels with 2 bracteoles
    Calyx
    Calyx deeply 5-lobed, villous inside
    Corolla
    Petals 5, oblong
    Stamens
    Stamens many, the filaments united into a tube in their lower part; anthers reniform
    Pistil
    Ovary 5-10-locular, with numerous ovules; stigma 5-10-lobed
    Fruits
    Fruit woody, indehiscent, with many seeds embedded in a floury pulp
    Seeds
    Seeds reniform or globose; hilum lateral; testa thick, endosperm thin; cotyledons contorted.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina, Cameroon, Caprivi Strip, Central African Repu, Chad, Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Gulf of Guinea Is., Ivory Coast, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Northern Provinces, Northern Territory, Oman, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Western Australia, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

    Introduced into:

    Bangladesh, Comoros, India, Mozambique Channel I

    Adansonia L. appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Syst. Nat. ed. 10 2: 1144, 1382 (1759)

    Accepted by

    • Govaerts, R. (1995). World Checklist of Seed Plants 1(1, 2): 1-483, 529. MIM, Deurne.

    Literature

    Flora of West Tropical Africa
    • —F.T.A. 1: 212.
    Flora Zambesiaca
    • Gen. Pl. ed. 5: 497 (1754).
    • Sp. Pl. 2: 1190 (1753)
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • L., Gen. Pl., ed. 5: 497 (1754)
    • Sp. Pl.: 1190 (1753)

    Sources

    Art and Illustrations in Digifolia
    Digital Image © Board of Trustees, RBG Kew http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2018. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2018. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0