Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Rosales

Rosaceae - Rose family

Mendes, E.J. (1978) Rosaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4

Description of the family

Trees, shrubs or herbs. Stipules present. Leaves alternate (in ours), opposite or whorled, simple or compound. Flowers actinomorphic, usually bisexual, perigynous or epigynous. Calyx lobes usually 5; epicalyx sometimes present (Alchemilla). Petals as many as calyx lobes, rarely 0 (Alchemilla). Stamens usually numerous. Carpels 1-many, free or connate; ovules usually 2, rarely 1 or several. Fruit an achene, drupe, follicle or pome, very rarely a capsule.

Comment: In Zimbabwe, a family with a high proportion of introduced species.

Worldwide: 95 genera and 2,825 species, ± cosmopolitan but especially in the temperate and warm northern hemisphere.

Zimbabwe: 19 cultivated genera and 47 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
Chaenomeles Lindl.
Cotoneaster Medik.Description, Image
Crataegus L.
Cydonia Mill.
Duchesnea Sm.Image
Eriobotrya Lindl.Description
Fragaria L.
Kerria DC.
Malus Mill.
Photinia Lindl.
Prunus L.Description
Pyracantha M. Roem.Description
Pyrus L.Image
Quillaja Molina
Rhaphiolepis Lindl.
Rosa L.Description
Rubus L.Description, Image
Sorbaria (Ser. ex DC.) A. Braun
Spiraea L.

Other sources of information about Rosaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Rosaceae
Flora of Malawi: Rosaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Rosaceae
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Rosaceae
Flora of Zambia: Rosaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Rosaceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Rosaceae
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: Rosaceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/family.php?family_id=197, retrieved 27 June 2016

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