Original Research

Inflorescence morphology of Lachiiaea and Cryptadenia (Thymelaeaceae)

J. B. P. Beyers, J. J. A. van der Walt
Bothalia | Vol 24, No 2 | a771 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/abc.v24i2.771 | © 1994 J. B. P. Beyers, J. J. A. van der Walt | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 10 October 1994 | Published: 10 October 1994

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J. B. P. Beyers, National Botanical Institute, South Africa
J. J. A. van der Walt, Department of Botany. University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

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The current delimitation of Lachnaea L. and Cryptadenia Meisn. is based on the inflorescence morphology. In Lachnaea both indeterminate and determinate inflorescences occur, whereas in Cryptadenia only determinate inflorescences are present. The indeterminate inflorescences in  Lachnaea are capitate or umbellate. The determinate inflorescences in both genera comprise a solitary, terminal flower. It is concluded that the two genera cannot be distinguished on inflorescence structure.


<i>Cryptadenia</i>; inflorescence morphology; <i>Lachnaea</i>; Thymelaeaceae


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