Full name and orig. publication: Phylloboea Benth., in Benth. & Hook. f., Gen. pl. 2: 102 (April 1876) ("Phyllobaea").

Etymology: Composed of the Greek φυλλον, phyllon = leaf, and the generic name Boea. The first part of the name probably alludes to the conspicuous, persistent bracteoles of the inflorescences. 

Synonyms: -

Infrafamilial position: Didymocarpoid Gesneriaceae - "Advanced Asiatic and Malesian genera" (Weber 2004).

Description: Terrestrial herbs with lignescent stem base. Leaves large, opposite; petiole long, winged, lamina ovate. Cymes axillary, pedunculate, bracteoles conspicuous, rounded, persistent. Sepals connate, the upper ones c. halfway, the lower ones only basally, thus forming a distinctly bilabiate calyx. Corolla white, rose-coloured in mouth; wide-campanulate, limb subregular or sub-bilabiate, lobes ovate, obtuse, subequal. Stamens 2, filaments curved; anthers reniform, connivent, locules confluent, dehiscing by a single slit. Nectary unknown (lacking?). Ovary conical; style longer than ovary, curved. Capsule narrow, longer than calyx, loculicidally dehiscent.

Chromosome number: Unknown.

Type and only species: Phylloboea glandulosa B.L.Burtt

Species names (incl. publication and synonyms): See Skog, L.E. & J.K. Boggan. 2005: World checklist of Gesneriaceae:

Distribution: Burma (Moulmein).

Ecology: No details known.

Notes: Significant features include (a) conspicuous, persistent bracteoles, (b) bilabiate calyx, (c) wide-campanulate corolla with 2 stamens.

Selected references: Burtt, Notes Roy. Bot. Gard. Edinburgh 23: 89-90 (1960).

Bibliography: See Skog, L.E. & J.K. Boggan. 2005. Bibliography of the Gesneriaceae. 2nd edition:


Phylloboea glandulosa B.L.Burtt, type and only species

C.B.Clarke, Comm. &  Cyrtandr. Bengal. t. 84 (1874)


last modified: 2007-07-13