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This genus is accepted, and its native range is Eritrea to S. Africa.
Cyphia longifolia

[FTEA]

Lobeliaceae, Mats Thulin (University of Uppsala). Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1984

Morphology General Habit
Perennial herbs from a subterranean, subglobose or elongated root-tuber, laticiferous; stems herbaceous, erect or twining
Morphology Leaves
Leaves alternate, sessile or petiolate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers in racemes, zygomorphic
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx 5-lobed
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla either split to the base into 2 lips with the upper lip 3-lobed and the lower lip consisting of 2 free petals, or all petals united into a tube with a 5-lobed limb
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 5; filaments free or united towards the base; anthers free or apically loosely united, glabrous or ± pubescent on the back of the connective
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary subinferior to subsuperior, 2-locular; ovules many; style shorter than the stamens, obliquely clavate, crowned by hairs, in the upper part with a stigmatic cavity communicating with the air through a small lateral aperture
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule 2-locular, dehiscing loculicidally by 2 apical, usually bifid valves
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds numerous.

[FZ]

Lobeliaceae, M. Thulin. Flora Zambesiaca 7:1. 1983

Morphology General Habit
Perennial herbs from a subterranean, subglobose or elongated root–tuber, laticiferous; stems herbaceous, erect or twining.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves alternate, sessile or petiolate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers in racemes, zygomorphic.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx 5–lobed.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla either split to the base into 2 lips with the upper one 3–lobed and the lower consisting of 2 free petals, or all petals united into a tube with a 5–lobed limb.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 5; filaments free or united towards the base; anthers free or apically loosely united, glabrous or ± pubescent on the back of the connective.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary subinferior to subsuperior, 2–locular; ovules many; style shorter than the stamens, obliquely clavate, crowned by hairs, in the upper part with a stigmatic cavity communicating with the air through a small, lateral aperture.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule 2–locular, dehiscing loculicidally by 2 apical, usually bifid valves.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds numerous.

[FSOM]

M. Thulin et al. Flora of Somalia, Vol. 1-4 [updated 2008] https://plants.jstor.org/collection/FLOS

Morphology General Habit
Perennial herbs from a subterranean root-tuber; stems erect or twining
Morphology Leaves
Leaves alternate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers in racemes, zygomorphic. Calyx 5-lobed
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla 2-lipped or with a 5-lobed limb
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens with filaments free or united towards the base; anthers free or apically loosely united
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary subinferior to subsuperior, 2-celled; style shorter than the stamens, obliquely clavate at the apex and crowned by hairs, in the upper part with a stigmatic cavity communicating with the air through a small lateral aperture
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule dehiscing by 2 apical valves
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds numerous.
Distribution
Some 68 species, mainly in South Africa.

Native to:

Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Cape Provinces, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Free State, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Northern Provinces, Somalia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Cyphia P.J.Bergius appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Descr. Pl. Cap.: 172 (1767)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne.

Literature

Flora Zambesiaca

  • Descr. Pl. Cap.: 172 (1767).
  • E. Wimmer in Engl., Pflanzenr. IV. 276 c: 935 (1968).
  • Thulin in Bot. Notiser 131: 455–471 (1978).

Flora of Somalia

  • Flora Somalia, (2000) Author: by M. Thulin [updated by M. Thulin 2008]
  • Thulin in Bot. Notiser 131: 455–471 (1978).

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Descr. Pl. Cap.: 172 (1767)
  • E. Wimmer in E.P. IV.276 c: 935–1014 (1968)
  • Thulin in Bot. Notis. 131: 455–471 (1978)

Flora Zambesiaca
Flora Zambesiaca
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Flora of Somalia
Flora of Somalia
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Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Kew Backbone Distributions
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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