Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Caryophyllales

Caryophyllaceae - Chickweed family

Wild, H. (1960-1) Caryophyllaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2)

Description of the family

Annual or perennial herbs. Stipules present (wholly or partly scarious) or 0. Leaves simple, usually opposite and decussate, rarely whorled, entire. Flowers in cymes, usually in dichasia, sometimes in cymose clusters, rarely solitary, usually bisexual, actinomorphic. Sepals 4-5, free or fused. Petals usually 4-5, sometimes 0, often 2-fid, free. Stamens 8-10. Styles 2-5. Ovary superior. Fruit a many-seeded capsule.

Worldwide: 87 genera and 2,300 species, cosmopolitan, but especially temperate and warm northern hemisphere.

Zimbabwe: 4 cultivated genera and 6 cultivated taxa.

Saponaria officinalis

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

Cerastium L.Description
Dianthus L.Description
Saponaria L.Description, Image
Silene L.Description

Other sources of information about Caryophyllaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Caryophyllaceae
Flora of Caprivi: Caryophyllaceae
Flora of Malawi: Caryophyllaceae
Flora of Malawi: cultivated Caryophyllaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Caryophyllaceae
Flora of Zambia: Caryophyllaceae
Flora of Zambia: cultivated Caryophyllaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Caryophyllaceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Caryophyllaceae
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: Caryophyllaceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/family.php?family_id=50, retrieved 25 October 2016

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