Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Malpighiales

Salicaceae - Willow family

Flacourtiaceae p.p.

Wild, H. (1960) Flacourtiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1)

Wilmot-Dear, C.M. (1991) Salicaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(6)

Description of the family

Dioecious trees or shrubs. Stipules present, usually deciduous. Leaves alternate, simple. Flowers in unisexual catkins, individual flowers subtended by a bract. Perianth 0. Male flowers: stamens 2-many. Female flowers: ovary superior, 1-locular; styles 1 or 2, stigmas 2, often 2-fid. Fruit a capsule, dehiscing longitudinally into 2-4 valves. Seeds with a tuft of long silky hairs.

Comment: This family has recently greatly increased in size due to the inclusion of many genera formerly placed in the now defunct family Flacourtiaceae.

Worldwide: 55 genera and 772 species, cosmopolitan.

Zimbabwe: 6 cultivated genera and 7 cultivated taxa.

Salix babylonica

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

GenusContent
Bivinia Jaub. ex Tul.Description
Dovyalis E. Mey. ex Arn.Description
Flacourtia Comm. ex L'Hér.Description, Image
Oncoba Forssk.Description, Image
Populus L.Description, Image
Salix L.Description

Other sources of information about Salicaceae:

Our websites:

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

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Salicaceae
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: Salicaceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/family.php?family_id=200, retrieved 8 December 2016

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