Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Ericales

Lecythidaceae - Brazil-nut family


Bailey, L.H. & Bailey, E.Z. (1976) Hortus Third. A concise Dictionary of Plants Cultivated in the United States and Canada Macmillan Publishing Co, Inc., New York

Fernandes, A. (1978) Barringtoniaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4

Mori, S. A. & Prance, G. T. (2006 onwards) The Lecythidaceae Pages (http://sweetgum.nybg.org/lp/index.html). The New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, New York.

Walters, S.M. et al. (eds) (2000) The European Garden Flora. Vol. VI. Dicotyledons (Part IV). Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

Description of the family

Trees or shrubs. Stipules 0 or caducous. Leaves simple, alternate or clustered at branch apices. Flowers actinomorphic or zygomorphic, solitary or in spikes, clusters or racemes. Sepals usually 4-6. Petals usually 4-6, ± free. Stamens many in several whorls, often arranged on one side of the flower. Ovary inferior, 2-6-locular. Fruit a berry or woody capsule, indehiscent or dehiscent by a lid (circumscissile).

Worldwide: 20 genera and 285 species in the tropics, mainly S American rain forests; 2 species occurring naturally in the Flora Zambesiaca region, but not in Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe: 1 cultivated genus and 1 cultivated taxon.

Cariniana estrellensis

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

Cariniana Casar.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Lecythidaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Mozambique: Lecythidaceae
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Lecythidaceae
Flora of Zambia: Lecythidaceae

External websites:

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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-15

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2015). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: Family page: Lecythidaceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/family.php?family_id=262, retrieved 10 October 2015

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