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  1. Family: Plantaginaceae Juss.
    1. Dopatrium Buch.-Ham. ex Benth.

      1. This genus is accepted, and its native range is Tropical & S. Africa to SW. Pacific.


    Scrophulariaceae, S.A. Ghazanfar, F.N. Hepper & D. Philcox. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2008

    Annual herbs.
    Stems often fleshy, simple or sparingly branched, mostly glabrous
    Leaves opposite, usually small, somewhat closely arranged at the base of stem, larger ones at base decreasing in size and distantly placed upwards
    Flowers in the axils of the upper leaves, solitary, forming short racemes
    Calyx deeply 5-fid, lobes imbricate
    Corolla bilabiate; corolla tube slender at the base, dilated at the throat; upper lip shortly 2-fid, lower lip spreading, broadly 3-lobed
    Stamens 4, the 2 posterior fertile, included, filaments filiform, anther thecae parallel; anterior 2 reduced to staminodes, minute
    Ovules numerous; style short, stigma 2-fid
    Capsule small, globose or ovoid, loculicidally dehiscent
    Seeds small, tuberculate.
    Most species occur in shallow temporary pools on rocky outcrops in grasslands. They are ephemeral, flowering for a brief period with the seeds staying dormant in the dried up pans until the next rainy season. Hence, they are seldom collected, and their distribution is imperfectly known.

    Scrophulariaceae, D. Philcox. Flora Zambesiaca 8:2. 1990

    Annual herbs, erect, mostly glabrous.
    Leaves opposite, mostly small, closely arranged at base of stem; cauline leaves much reduced in size, few, distant.
    Flowers solitary in axils of upper leaves, occasionally cleistogamous.
    Calyx 5-lobed.
    Corolla bilabiate; tube short to long, often dilated at throat; upper lip bilobed, lower trilobed, all lobes spreading.
    Stamens: 2 posterior fertile, perfect, included, filaments filiform; anther cells parallel, equal; 2 anterior reduced to minute staminodes.
    Style short, often totally, or in part, persistent.
    Ovules many.
    Capsule ovoid or globose, small, loculicidally dehiscent, with 2 entire or bifid valves.
    Seeds small, numerous.



    Native to:

    Afghanistan, Andaman Is., Angola, Assam, Bangladesh, Benin, Botswana, Burkina, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Repu, Chad, China North-Central, China South-Central, China Southeast, East Himalaya, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, India, Ivory Coast, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Laos, Malawi, Malaya, Mali, Mauritania, Myanmar, Nansei-shoto, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Northern Provinces, Northern Territory, Pakistan, Philippines, Queensland, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Tadzhikistan, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, West Himalaya, Western Australia, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

    Introduced into:

    California, California, Louisiana

    Accepted Species

    Other Data

    Dopatrium Buch.-Ham. ex Benth. appears in other Kew resources:


    First published in Edwards's Bot. Reg. 21: t. 1770 [4] (1835)

    Accepted by

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


    Flora of West Tropical Africa

    • —F.T.A. 4, 2: 324.

    Flora Zambesiaca

    • Benth. & Hook. f., Gen. Pl. 2: 953 (1876).
    • Scroph. Ind.: 30 (1835).

    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • Nord. J. Bot. 17(5): 527 (1997)
    • Lindl., Bot. Reg. 21 ad t. 1770, f. 46 (1835)


    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    Flora of West Tropical Africa
    Flora of West Tropical Africa

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2020. Published on the Internet at and
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families.

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2020. Published on the Internet at and
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families.