Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Fabales

Fabaceae subfamily Caesalpinioideae - Legume family

Caesalpiniaceae

Leguminosae subfam. Caesalpinioideae

Brenan, J.P.M. (1967) Leguminosae Subfamily Caesalpinioideae Flora of Tropical East Africa

Brummitt, R.K., Chikuni, A.C., Lock, J.M. & Polhill, R.M. (2007) Leguminosae Subfamily Caesalpinioideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(2)

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002) Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa

Högberg, P. and Piearce, G.D., (1986) Mycorrhizas in Zambian trees in relation to host taxonomy, vegetation type and successional patterns Journal of Ecology 74 775-785

Ross, J.H. (1977) Caesalpinioideae Flora of Southern Africa 16(2)

Description of the family

Trees or shrubs, less often climbers or herbs. Leaves usually 1-pinnate, less often simple or 2-pinnate. Inflorescences usually of spikes or panicles of racemes, rarely of spikes or capitate; racemes sometimes condensed to umbel-like fascicles. Flowers usually ± zygomorphic. Sepals usually free, sometimes ± connate. Petals imbricate in bud, usually with the dorsal within and overlapped by the lateral, free or sometimes connate below, usually 5, sometimes reduced to 1 or 0. Stamens usually 10 or fewer (rarely numerous), free or ± connate below. Pods various. Seeds generally without areoles.

Comment: Nowadays combined with the subfamilies Papilionoideae and Mimosoideae into the large family FABACEAE or LEGUMINOSAE. However, as all three are extensive and distinctive groups, it is still preferred to deal with them in separate lists.

Worldwide: 153 genera and 2,175 species, mostly tropical.

Zimbabwe: 22 cultivated genera and 56 cultivated taxa.

Delonix regia

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

GenusContent
Acrocarpus Wight ex Arn.Description, Image
Afzelia Sm.Description, Image
Bauhinia L.Description, Image
Brachystegia Benth.Description, Image
Caesalpinia L.Description, Image
Cassia L.Description
Ceratonia L.Description, Image
Cercis L.
Colvillea BojerDescription, Image
Delonix Raf.Description, Image
Erythrophleum Afzel. ex G. DonDescription
Erythrostemon Klotzsch
Gleditsia L.Description
Hymenaea L.
Parkinsonia L.Description
Peltophorum (Vogel) Benth.Description
Pterogyne Tul.
Schizolobium VogelDescription, Image
Schotia Jacq.Description
Senna Mill.Description
Tamarindus L.Description
Tara MolinaDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Fabaceae subfamily Caesalpinioideae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Fabaceae subfamily Caesalpinioideae
Flora of Caprivi: Fabaceae subfamily Caesalpinioideae
Flora of Malawi: Fabaceae subfamily Caesalpinioideae
Flora of Malawi: cultivated Fabaceae subfamily Caesalpinioideae
Flora of Mozambique: Fabaceae subfamily Caesalpinioideae
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Fabaceae subfamily Caesalpinioideae
Flora of Zambia: Fabaceae subfamily Caesalpinioideae
Flora of Zambia: cultivated Fabaceae subfamily Caesalpinioideae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Fabaceae subfamily Caesalpinioideae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Fabaceae subfamily Caesalpinioideae
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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: Fabaceae subfamily Caesalpinioideae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/family.php?family_id=43, retrieved 29 September 2016

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