Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Caryophyllales

Nyctaginaceae - Bougainvillea family

Stannard, B.L. (1988) Nyctaginaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(1)

Description of the family

Shrubs, herbs or climbers, sometimes spiny. Stipules 0. Leaves opposite or alternate (Bougainvillea), simple. Inflorescences various. Flowers bisexual or unisexual, actinomorphic. Bracts present, sometimes brightly coloured. Perianth: lower part persistent, usually green, upper part often petal-like and coloured, sometimes caducous. Stamens 1-many. Ovary superior, 1-locular. Fruit indehiscent, usually composed of the persistent accrescent basal part of the perianth enclosing an achene.

Worldwide: 30 genera and 390 species, tropical and warm areas, especially America, a few temperate.

Zimbabwe: 4 genera and 9 taxa.

Commicarpus plumbagineus

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

GenusContent
Boerhavia L.Description, Image
Bougainvillea Comm. ex Juss.Description, Image
Commicarpus Standl.Description, Image
Mirabilis L.Description

Other sources of information about Nyctaginaceae:

Our websites:

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

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Nyctaginaceae
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Family page: Nyctaginaceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=151, retrieved 8 December 2016

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