Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae

Melastomataceae - Tibouchina family

Fernandes, R. & A. (1978) Melastomataceae FZ 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

More sample images from the Melastomataceae (Click on each image to see a larger version and details of the record)

Antherotoma naudinii

Antherotoma naudinii

Antherotoma senegambiensis var. senegambiensis

Antherotoma senegambiensis var. senegambiensis

Heterotis canescens

Heterotis canescens

Dissotis pulchra

Dissotis pulchra

Tristemma mauritianum var. mauritianum

Tristemma mauritianum var. mauritianum

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

GenusContent
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 Zimbabwe: cultivated Melastomataceae
Flora of Mozambique: Melastomataceae
Flora of Zambia: Melastomataceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Melastomataceae
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: Melastomataceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=134, retrieved 20 August 2014

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