Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Caryophyllales

Aizoaceae

Gonçalves, M.L. (1978) Aizoaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4

Gonçalves, M.L. (1978) Mesembryanthemaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4

Gonçalves, M.L. (1978) Tetragoniaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4

Description of the family

Annual or perennial herbs, sometimes woody at the base, usually ± succulent. Stipules 0. Leaves opposite or alternate, simple. Inflorescences axillary, solitary or in groups. Flowers bisexual, actinomorphic. Perianth segments 5, united below into a tube, persistent. Stamens 3-many. Ovary superior, of 1-5 united carpels; ovules 1-many per loculus. Fruit a capsule, circumscissile (in ours).

Comment: The relationships between the families Aizoaceae, Mesembryanthemaceae, Molluginaceae and Tetragoniaceae and which genera fall within each family, are controversial. On this site, Molluginaceae remains a separate family while Mesembryanthemaceae and Tetragoniaceae are both sunk under Aizoaceae.

Worldwide: 128 genera and 1,850 species, tropics and subtropics, mostly in S Africa and Australia.

Zimbabwe: 5 cultivated genera and 5 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
Aptenia N.E. Br.Description
Carpobrotus N.E. Br.
Delosperma N.E. Br.Description
Lampranthus N.E. Br.
Tetragonia L.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Aizoaceae:

Our websites:

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

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Aizoaceae
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: Aizoaceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/family.php?family_id=3, retrieved 28 May 2016

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