Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae

Melianthaceae - Bersama family

White, F. (1966) Melianthaceae FZ 2(2)

Description of the family

Trees or shrubs. Leaves alternate, imparipinnate (in ours). Stipules present. Inflorescence a conspicuous raceme. Flowers unisexual, zygomorphic. Sepals 4-5, differing from the 4-5 free and unequal petals. Ovary superior. Style with capitate stigma. Fruit a capsule.

Worldwide: 2 genera and 8 species in tropical and South Africa.

Zimbabwe: 1 genus and 5 taxa.

Bersama swynnertonii

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

Bersama swynnertonii

Bersama swynnertonii

Bersama swynnertonii

Bersama swynnertonii

Bersama abyssinica

Bersama abyssinica

Bersama abyssinica

Bersama abyssinica

Bersama abyssinica

Bersama abyssinica

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

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Bersama Fresen.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Melianthaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Melianthaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Melianthaceae
Flora of Zambia: Melianthaceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Melianthaceae
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: Melianthaceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=136, retrieved 22 October 2014

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