Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae


Fernandes, A. (1978) Lythraceae FZ 4

Description of the family

Annual or perennial (often marshy or aquatic) herbs, suffrutices, shrubs or trees. Stipules 0 or 2-10 or more, small, subulate, axillary. Leaves simple, entire, opposite and decussate, sometimes whorled. Flowers bisexual, actinomorphic or rarely zygomorphic (Cuphea), (3-)4-5(6-16)-merous, monomorphic or often dimorphic or trimorphic. Inflorescences various; pedicels usually with bracteoles. Calyx persistent. Petals 0 or as many as calyx lobes. Stamens variable in number, sometimes unequal. Ovary 2-6-locular. Fruit usually a capsule.

Worldwide: 27 genera and 600 species, mainly tropical but with a few temperate species.

Zimbabwe: 4 cultivated genera and 9 cultivated taxa.

Lagerstroemia indica

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

Cuphea P. BrowneDescription
Heimia Link
Lagerstroemia L.Description, Image
Lawsonia L.

Other sources of information about Lythraceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Zimbabwe: Lythraceae
Flora of Mozambique: Lythraceae | cultivated Lythraceae
Flora of Zambia: Lythraceae

External websites:

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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2014). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: Family page: Lythraceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/family.php?family_id=128, retrieved 22 December 2014

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