Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Geraniales

Melianthaceae - Bersama family

White, F. (1966) Melianthaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2)

Description of the family

Trees or shrubs. Leaves alternate, imparipinnate (in ours). Stipules present. Inflorescence a conspicuous raceme. Flowers unisexual, zygomorphic. Sepals 4-5, differing from the 4-5 free and unequal petals. Ovary superior. Style with capitate stigma. Fruit a capsule.

Worldwide: 2 genera and 8 species in tropical and South Africa.

Zimbabwe: 2 cultivated genera and 2 cultivated taxa.

Bersama abyssinica

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

GenusContent
Bersama Fresen.Description, Image
Melianthus L.

Other sources of information about Melianthaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Malawi: Melianthaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Melianthaceae
Flora of Zambia: Melianthaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Melianthaceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Melianthaceae
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: Melianthaceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/family.php?family_id=136, retrieved 26 June 2016

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