Zenobia (plant)

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Zenobia
Zenobia pulverulenta.jpg
Zenobia pulverulenta
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Zenobia

D.Don 1834
Type species
Zenobia speciosa
(Michx.) D.Don 1834

Zenobia, called honeycup, is a North American genus of shrubs in the heath family.

Description[edit]

Zenobia is a hairless shrub, sometimes with a waxy coating on the foliage. The leaves are elliptical or egg-shaped. The plant has numerous white flowers in flat-topped or elongated arrays, each flower has 5 separate sepals and 5 united petals, forming a bell-shaped corolla. Each flower can produce up to 200 egg-shaped seeds in a dry capsule.[1]

Fossil record[edit]

10 fossil fruits of †Zenobia fasterholtensis have been described from middle Miocene strata of the Fasterholt area near Silkeborg in Central Jutland, Denmark.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Flora of North America, Zenobia D. Don, 1834.
  2. ^ Angiosperm Fruits and Seeds from the Middle Miocene of Jutland (Denmark) by Else Marie Friis, The Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters 24:3, 1985
  3. ^ The Plant List, search for Zenobia