Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Rosales

Rhamnaceae - Buffalo-thorn family

Drummond, R.B. (1966) Rhamnaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2)

Description of the family

Trees, shrubs, suffrutices or lianes; branches sometimes with coiled tendrils (Gouania and Helinus). Stipules present, sometimes spiny. Leaves alternate (sometimes opposite or subopposite) or fasciculate, simple. Flowers bisexual or rarely unisexual, actinomorphic. Sepals (4-)5. Petals (4-)5 or 0. Disk usually present and well-developed. Ovary superior, subinferior or inferior, 2-4-locular. Fruit a drupe, capsule or schizocarp.

Worldwide: 49 genera and 900 species, cosmopolitan, but especially in tropical and warm areas.

Zimbabwe: 8 cultivated genera and 8 cultivated taxa.

Ziziphus mauritiana

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

GenusContent
Alphitonia Reissek ex Endl.
Berchemia Neck. ex DC.Description
Ceanothus L.
Colletia Comm. ex Juss.
Gouania Jacq.Description, Image
Hovenia Thunb.
Maesopsis Engl.
Ziziphus Mill.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Rhamnaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Rhamnaceae
Flora of Caprivi: Rhamnaceae
Flora of Malawi: Rhamnaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Rhamnaceae
Flora of Zambia: Rhamnaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Rhamnaceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Rhamnaceae
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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: Rhamnaceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/family.php?family_id=195, retrieved 9 December 2016

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