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This genus is accepted, and its native range is Tropical Africa, Tropical & Subtropical Asia to SW. Pacific.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Annual or short lived perennial, monoecious or apparently dioecious herbs.
Morphology General Cystoliths
Cystoliths elongated.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves opposite, petiolate.
Morphology Leaves Stipules
Stipules intrapetiolar, fused.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences single in the leaf axils, unisexual, rarely bisexual, pedunculate; receptacles surrounded by fused bracts. Female inflorescences larger, with many flowers on a flat, disk-shaped receptacle; flowers (3)4-merous, tepals ± markedly cucullate, ovary erect, stigma penicillate, staminodes present. Male inflorescences usually small, ± bell- or cup-shaped, usually with less than 10 flowers; male flowers 4–5-merous, with a rudimentary ovary.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Achene ovoid, verrucose.

Native to:

Assam, Cameroon, China South-Central, China Southeast, East Himalaya, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gulf of Guinea Is., India, Kenya, Laos, Lesser Sunda Is., Malawi, Myanmar, Nepal, Niue, Pakistan, Philippines, Samoa, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Tanzania, Tibet, Tokelau-Manihiki, Tonga, Uganda, Vietnam, West Himalaya, Zaïre

Lecanthus Wedd. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Ann. Sci. Nat., Bot., sér. 4, 1: 187 (1854)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R., Nic Lughadha, E., Black, N., Turner, R. & Paton, A. (2021). The World Checklist of Vascular Plants, a continuously updated resource for exploring global plant diversity. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41597-021-00997-6 Scientific Data 8: 215.

Literature

Flora of West Tropical Africa

  • —F.T.A. 6, 2: 276.

Flora Zambesiaca

  • in Ann. Sci. Nat., Bot. Sér. 4,1: 187 (1854).

Flora Zambesiaca
Flora Zambesiaca
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Kew Backbone Distributions
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. 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 2021. 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