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This genus is accepted, and its native range is Cape Prov.


Cupido, C. N. & Weitz, F. M. 2016. Kericodon (Campanulaceae s.s.), a new monotypic wahlenbergioid genus from South Africa. Kew Bulletin 71:56. DOI 10.1007/S12225-016-9671-4

Morphology General Habit
Annual herb, glabrous or hispidulous, up to 1 m tall
Morphology Leaves
Leaves few, alternate, distant, sessile, linear, up to 60 mm long and 0.9 − 5 mm wide, margin thickened, undulating and denticulate, ciliate, surfaces hispid, midvein prominent beneath, leaves often reddish
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 5, free, 4.5 − 12.5 mm long; filaments with base dilated, cordate, ciliate, interlocking with cilia on corolla tube, forming a dome over the epigynous disc; anthers basifixed, apiculate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx lobes 5, narrowly triangular, 4 − 18.5 mm long, midvein prominent near base, glabrous or hispid, margin ciliate or hairs only near apex and base
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla white, pale blue, yellowish or pinkish, often with a deep purple ring near the base, funnel-shaped; tube 1.3 − 4.3 mm long, with tufts of hairs internally; lobes 5, ovate, 6 − 28 mm long, acuminate, glabrous or sparsely hispid externally on midvein
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary inferior, 2-locular, epigynous disc dome-shaped, ovules numerous, axile; style cylindrical, with pollen collecting hairs on distal two thirds, upper part of proximal third hispid, glands (2 –) 3 (– 4) pairs; stigma bifid, flattened, about a third of style length
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Hypanthium
Hypanthium narrowly cylindrical, up to 45 mm long, pedicel-like, glabrous or papillose-hispid, reddish or green
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule cylindrical, ribbed, often twisted when dry, glabrous or hairy, crowned by persistent calyx, up to 10 cm long; dehiscing longitudinally along sutures between ribs into 10 or more segments
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence terminal on lateral branches, flowers solitary, pedicellate; bracts absent or leaf-like, up to 10 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds elliptic, rugose, 0.8 mm long
Morphology Stem
Stems unbranched in the vegetative stage, divaricate in flowering, with reduced lateral branches in axils in the vegetative zone
Slender erect plant, differing from other species in Prismatocarpus in having an annual growth form, three or rarely two or four pairs of style glands in contrast to a perennial growth form, no or a single pair of style glands and capsules that dehisce via ten or more narrow longitudinal segments as opposed to the five (or four) segments in Prismatocarpus, each corresponding to a calyx lobe.
Type: Kericodon crispus (L’Hér.) Cupido

Native to:

Cape Provinces

Kericodon Cupido appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Kew Bull. 71(4)-56: 7 (2016)

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