Mahernia odorata Andrews

Honey Cups

Family: Sterculiaceae

Genus: Mahernia


From Bot. Repos. The flavour of the blossoms is exactly that of the Jonquil, it continues to flower through the whole year...


Published in Bot. Repos. 2: 85 in 1800.

Synonym Mahernia odorata Eckl. & Zeyh. - PlantList shows this as unresolved and shows no other name, however Eckl. & Zeyh. published after Andrews and referred directly to him.

Probably a synonym of Hermannia odorata Aiton, which may be a synonym of Hermannia lavendulifolia L.

From Bot. Repos. Many species of this Genus have, hitherto, been arranged as Hermannias, to which they are undoubtedly very nigh assigned; in nothing essentially varying, but in the character of the chives, being, in this, placed on honey cups, which are wanting in the other; the same natural appearance however of the junction of the supporters of the tips, being common to both. From this small change of the identity of character, so necessary in our artificial system, they are thrown to a wide distance in classification; the one standing in the fifth, the other in the sixteenth class! The Mahernia odorata is from the Cape of Good Hope, and was sent in seeds to England about the year 1792.

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