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This genus is accepted, and its native range is Eritrea to S. Africa.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FTEA]

Urticaceae, I. Friis University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1989

Morphology General Habit
Annual herbs, monoecious or (by abortion) dioecious
Morphology Leaves
Leaves alternate, petiolate, serrate, crenate or entire; cystoliths punctiform; stipules free, lateral
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences usually bisexual, axillary, sessile, bracted, bracts free, not prominent, usually shorter than the flowers
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers: ♂ with a boat-shaped, sometimes almost bract-like perianth with erect tip and slightly fused cylindrical base, with 1 stamen, without rudimentary ovary; ♀ without perianth, ovary erect, with a subcapitate or shortly linear style
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Achene slightly winged along one side, other side rounded, frequently 2 ovaries or achenes join along the rounded side to form a double fruit, which is much larger than two single fruits, both seeds developing in this case
Figures
Fig. 17/A–G.

[FZ]

Urticaceae, I. Friis. Flora Zambesiaca 9:6. 1991

Morphology General Habit
Slender annual herbs, monoecious or dioecious by abortion.
Morphology General Cystoliths
Cystoliths dot-like.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves alternate, petiolate, serrate, dentate or entire; stipules lateral, free.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences of dense sessile clusters, axillary or on reduced branches, bisexual or unisexual by abortion, always without a common involucre, but often with ciliate or bristle-bearing bracts.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Female flowers sessile; perianth and staminodes absent; ovary erect, stigma sessile, filiform. Male flowers few together, sessile; perianth boat-shaped; stamen single, inflexed; rudimentary ovary absent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Achene with a narrow, slightly unilateral wing.

Native to:

Cape Provinces, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Free State, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho, Namibia, Northern Provinces, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, Zaïre

Introduced into:

Fiji

Didymodoxa E.Mey. ex Wedd. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Monogr. Fam. Urtic.: 547 (1856)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (2000). World Checklist of Seed Plants Database in ACCESS D: 1-30141.

Literature

Flora Zambesiaca

  • Friis & Wilmot-Dear in Nordic Journ. Bot. 8: 45 (1988).
  • Friis in Bol. Soc. Brot. 58: 209–210 (1985).
  • in Archiv. Mus. Nat. Hist. Nat., Paris 9 (Monogr. Urtic.): 547 (1856)
  • in DC., Prodr.16, 1: 235, 61 (1869).

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Friis & Wilmot-Dear in Nordic Journ. Bot. 8: 45 (1988)
  • in Archiv. Nat. Hist. Nat. Paris 9 (Monogr. Urtic.): 547 (1856)
  • in DC., Prodr. 16(1): 235/61 (1869)

Flora Zambesiaca
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Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Kew Backbone Distributions
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