Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae
Description of the family
Trees, often with a swollen trunk. Rootstocks often smelling of horseradish. Stipules minute, caducous. Leaves alternate, 2-imparipinnate, with stalked glands at base of petioles and pinnae. Inflorescence a many-flowered axillary panicle. Flowers bisexual, actinomorphic or zygomorphic, with petals and stamens fused into a cup-like hypanthium. Sepals 5, petaloid. Petals 5, alternating with sepals, white. Stamens 5. Ovary superior, of 3 fused carpels. Fruit a long beaked many-seeded pod-like capsule. Seeds with 3 membranous wings.
Worldwide: 1 genus and 12 species occuring in semi-arid Africa to Asia. (Ours is an introduction from NW India).
Zimbabwe: 1 genus and 1 taxon.
|Moringa Adans.||Description, Image|
Other sources of information about Moringaceae:
Our websites:Flora of Zimbabwe
: cultivated MoringaceaeFlora of Mozambique
| cultivated Moringaceae
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for MoringaceaeGoogle
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten and Petra Ballings, 2002-13
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T. & Ballings, P.
. Flora of Zimbabwe: Family page: Moringaceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=143, retrieved 13 December 2013