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Published In: Abhandlungen der Mathematisch-Physikalischen Classe der Königlich Bayerischen Akademie der Wissenschaften 1: 315. 1832. (Abh. Math.-Phys. Cl. Königl. Bayer. Akad. Wiss.) Name publication detailView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

Project Name Data (Last Modified On 6/10/2009)
Acceptance : Accepted
Taxon Profile     (Last Modified On 4/14/2014)
Generic Distribution: not endemic to the Malagasy Region
Generic Species Diversity and Endemism Status: based on existing literature
No. of species in Fl. Madagasc.: not published
Accepted Published Species: 2 indigenous non-endemic
Estimated Unpublished Species: none
Estimated Total Species: 2 indigenous non-endemic
Species Level Data Entry: complete

Otiophora includes herbaceous to suffrutescent, somewhat weedy plants with lobed to setaceous stipules and usually with "supernumerary" axillary leaves borne on axillary stems that do not elongate, terminal inflorescences, a calyx with 1 or several enlarged foliaceous lobes, a white to red, purple, or blue salverform corolla with an extremely, almost impossibly slender ("filiform") tube, schiozocarpous fruits with a solitary seed in each mericarp.

The species of Otiophora so far known from Madagascar are also found in East Africa, and Verdcourt (1976) presents detailed descriptions and some illustrations of these. Otiophora pauciflora has been collected more often than Otiophora scabra; these have been confused with some frequency.

Similar slender, often red to blue, salverform corollas are found in Pentanisia, which generally has the calyx loes linear to triangular and all of similar size or unequal with some of them foliaceous, as in Otiophora. These genera differ primarily in their ovary arrangement, with the locules 2-5 and the ovules attached at the apex of each locule and pendulous in Pentanisia, vs. 2(3)-locular with the ovules attached at the base of the ovule and erect in Otiophora.

Compiled or updated by: N. Rakotonirina (2008), S. Andriambololonera & M. Rabarimanarivo (2011)




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