Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae

Onagraceae - Evening primrose family

Raven, P.H. (1978) Onagraceae FZ 4

Description of the family

Herbs, sometimes ± woody at the base, or shrubs. Stipules minute or 0. Leaves alternate or opposite, rarely whorled, simple, entire, lobed or pinnatifid. Flowers bisexual or (rarely) unisexual, actinomorphic, 4- or 5-merous (rarely 2-, 3- or 6-merous). A long hypanthium usually present (not in Ludwigia). Petals free, sometimes 0. Stamens usually twice as many as the sepals in 2 whorls. Ovary inferior. Style single, stigma variously shaped. Fruit usually a loculicidally or irregularly dehiscent capsule, 1-many-seeded.

Worldwide: 18 genera and 650 species, cosmopolitan, especially tropical and warm America.

Zimbabwe: 3 genera and 18 taxa.

Oenothera rosea

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

Ludwigia abyssinica

Ludwigia abyssinica

Ludwigia stolonifera

Ludwigia stolonifera

Ludwigia stolonifera

Ludwigia stolonifera

Ludwigia senegalensis

Ludwigia senegalensis

Oenothera tetraptera

Oenothera tetraptera

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

GenusContent
Epilobium L.Description, Image
Ludwigia L.Description, Image
Oenothera L.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Onagraceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Onagraceae
Flora of Mozambique: Onagraceae
Flora of Zambia: Onagraceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Onagraceae
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: Onagraceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=158, retrieved 21 December 2014

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