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This genus is accepted, and its native range is Arizona to Tropical America.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium


Solanaceae, Jennifer M Edmonds. Oliganthes, Melongena & Monodolichopus, Maria S. Vorontsova & Sandra Knapp. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2012

Morphology General Habit
Annual or perennial herbs
Morphology Leaves
Leaves alternate, stipulate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers often solitary, or in few-flowered racemose cymes, zygomorphic, axillary; pedicels deciduous at base
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx cylindrical to tubular, rarely campanulate, prominently veined with five calyx lobes
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla salverform, usually zygomorphic, tube narrow but swollen apically towards five broad obtuse recurved lobes, open at mouth, hairs usually short, eglandular or simply glandular, glabrescent internally
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens four, didynamous, usually included, occasionally with fifth anther or staminode; filaments fused to upper part of corolla tube where thickened, unequal, glabrous below, upper pair flattened and curved usually closing the throat of the corolla tube, lower pair geniculate and densely pilose above; anthers usually all fertile, upper pair sometimes reduced to single cells
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary ovoid, glabrous basally, densely pilose above, bilocular; ovules numerous; style filiform below, curved or tortuous and broadened beneath the stigma where corrugated, usually included; stigma broadly dilated, shallowly or deeply bilobed or capitate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit ovoid capsules, smooth; usually splitting open by four entire valves, enclosed by accrescent persistent chartaceous calyx
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds cuboid to ovoid, minute, foveolate, numerous.
A small genus with 2–3 (or possibly 6) species, native to North to tropical South America, widely cultivated throughout the world for their ornamental value.

Native to:

Arizona, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, East Himalaya, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Leeward Is., Mexico Central, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Northeast, Mexico Northwest, Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest, Nicaragua, Panamá, Peru, Puerto Rico, Trinidad-Tobago, Venezuela, Windward Is.

Introduced into:

Ascension, Assam, Bangladesh, Brazil Northeast, Brazil South, Brazil Southeast, Cameroon, Dominican Republic, Fiji, Galápagos, Gulf of Guinea Is., India, Jawa, Kenya, Malawi, Malaya, Mauritius, New Caledonia, New Guinea, Nigeria, Queensland, Réunion, Sulawesi, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Browallia L. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 1, 2004 Spruce, R. [6221], Ecuador K000201949
Hinton, G.B. [300], Mexico K000063620

First published in Sp. Pl.: 631 (1753)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (1996). World Checklist of Seed Plants 2(1, 2): 1-492. MIM, Deurne.


Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Gen. Pl. ed. 5: 278 (1754)
  • Hunziker, Gen. Solanaceae : 86–89 (2001)
  • Sp. Pl. 1: 631 (1753)
  • Syst. Nat. ed. 10: 1118 (1759);

Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa

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