Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Metachlamydeae

Hydrophyllaceae - Wigandia family

Bailey, L.H. (1949) Manual of Cultivated Plants Revised edition. Macmillan, New York.

Verdcourt, B. (1990) Hydrophyllaceae FZ 7(4)

Description of the family

Herbs or (in ours) a subshrubby herb or shrub, often scabrid. Stipules 0. Leaves usually alternate, simple (in ours) or compound. Flowers bisexual, actinomorphic, in scorpioid cymes (in ours). Calyx deeply 5-lobed. Corolla 5-lobed. Stamens 5, inserted on tube. Ovary superior, 1(-2)-locular. Styles 1 or 2. Fruit a capsule, dehiscing by 2 valves.

Comment: This family is similar to the Boraginaceae, but it differs in the fruit being a capsule whereas in Boraginaceae, the fruit is a drupe or 1-4 nutlets.

Worldwide: 18 genera and 270 species, ± cosmopolitan, but mainly western N America; absent from Australia

Zimbabwe: 1 genus and 1 taxon.

Wigandia urens

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

GenusContent
Wigandia KunthDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Hydrophyllaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Hydrophyllaceae
Flora of Zambia: Hydrophyllaceae

External websites:

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


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2014). Flora of Zimbabwe: Family page: Hydrophyllaceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=104, retrieved 31 October 2014

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