African Plant Database

Xyris L.
Protologue : Sp. Pl. 1: 42 (1753)  
Status for MA : accepted (present)
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : rush-like herbs; leaves are linear, mostly basal; inflorescence a simple terminal bracteate head borne on a naked elongate scape; flowers bisexual; fruit a capsule.
Ecology : Some 240 species; the African ones all belong to sect. Xyris, the other 2 sections occur in Australia and in C. and S. America

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Énum. Pl. Fleurs Afr. Trop. 3: 29 (1995).
  • Trop. Afr. Flow. Plants (Ecol. Distr.) 7: 118 (2012).
More info on :
see under Jstor_African Plant Initiative
see under Catalogue de Madagascar
see under Missouri Botanical Garden
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Record n°196011 modified 2008-12-27
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