Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Myrtales

Melastomataceae - Tibouchina family

Fernandes, R. & A. (1978) Melastomataceae Flora Zambesiaca 4

Description of the family

Trees, shrubs or herbs. Stems square. Stipules 0. Leaves opposite or sometimes whorled, simple, typically with 3-7 prominent sunken veins. Flowers in cymes, bisexual, actinomorphic or zygomorphic as regards the stamens, (3-)4-5(-6)-merous. Sepals present, intersepalar segments also present. Petals as many as sepals. Ovary inferior, 2-many-locular. Style 1. Fruit a many-seeded capsule.

Worldwide: 188 genera and 4,950 species, tropical and warm areas, especially S America.

Zimbabwe: 7 genera and 14 taxa.

Heterotis canescens

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

Antherotoma (Naudin) Hook. f.Image
Dissotis Benth.Description, Image
Heterotis Benth.Image
Melastomastrum NaudinImage
Memecylon L.
Tristemma Juss.Image
Warneckea Gilg

Other sources of information about Melastomataceae:

Our websites:

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

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Melastomataceae
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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: Family page: Melastomataceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=134, retrieved 5 October 2015

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