Consp. Regn. Veg., 164. 1828.

Common names: Guineaflower
Etymology: for Sigismund Friedrich Hermbstädt, 1760–1833, German botanist
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 4. Treatment on page 409. Mentioned on page 406.

Herbs or subshrubs, perennial [annual]. Stems erect. Leaves alternate, petiolate; blade linear. Inflorescences terminal, many-flowered spikes. Flowers bisexual; tepals 5, distinct, scarious, usually glabrous; filaments connate basally into tube; anthers 2- or 4-locular; pseudostaminodes 2-lobed, alternating with filaments; ovules 2–several; style persistent, 0.5 mm; stigmas [2–]3, filiform. Utricles cylindric-ovoid, membranous, dehiscence centrally circumscissile. Seeds 2–8, black, flattened.


Introduced; s Africa.


Species ca. 5 (1 in the flora).