Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Myrtales

Heteropyxidaceae - Lavender tree family

Fernandes, A. (1978) Heteropyxidaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4

Description of the family

Aromatic trees or shrubs. Leaves alternate, simple, with translucent gland-dots all over the lamina. Flowers unisexual by abortion, actinomorphic, yellowish, sweet-scented. Male flowers: petals 4(-5), free, gland-dotted; stamens (5-)7-8(-10) (in ours), much larger than the vestigial female organ. Female flowers: perianth as in male; staminodes (4-)5-8, minute, much shorter than the style; ovary superior, 2(3)-locular, gland-dotted; style with a large capitate stigma. Fruit a 2(-3)-valved capsule. Seeds slightly curved, the outer ones winged at both ends.

Comment: Sometimes sunk under the Myrtaceae

Worldwide: 3 species in Angola, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and S Africa

Zimbabwe: 1 cultivated genus and 2 cultivated taxa.

No image of a cultivated species but there is an image of a native or naturalised species

Links to cultivated genera:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this family

GenusContent
Heteropyxis Harv.Description

Other sources of information about Heteropyxidaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Heteropyxidaceae
Flora of Malawi: Heteropyxidaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Heteropyxidaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Heteropyxidaceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Heteropyxidaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: Family page: Heteropyxidaceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/family.php?family_id=100, retrieved 27 May 2016

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