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Cytinus capensis

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Rosids > Eurosid II > Order: Malvales > Family: Cytinaceae > Genus: Cytinus

Cytinus sanguineus, male flowers. Male flowers are recognizable by the central anther column. Individual anthers are arranged around the column and release white pollen through slits.[image Nina Hobbhahn ]

Female flowers of Cytinus sanguineus emerging from the ground. Female flowers are recognizable by the smooth, conical stigma on the central column. [image Nina Hobbhahn ]

Female plant of Cytinus sanguineus in fruit. The fruit is filled with a slimey matrix and contains many thousands of seeds. [image Nina Hobbhahn ]

Ecological interactions


The bright scarlet flowers of Cytinus sanguineus are likely pollinated by birds, though insects sometimes steal the nectar and pollen from these ground-hugging plants.

Text by Nina Hobbhahn

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