Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae

Phytolaccaceae - Pokeweed family

Stannard, B.L. (1988) Phytolaccaceae FZ 9(1)

Description of the family

Trees, shrubs or herbs, sometimes scrambling, usually glabrous and slightly succulent. Stipules 0 (in ours). Leaves simple, alternate, ± entire. Inflorescence a spike or panicle. Sepals 4-5. Petals 0. Stamens 4-many, 1-2-seriate, often on a fleshy disk. Ovary usually superior. Fruits of 1-many, free or connate carpels, fleshy or dry.

Worldwide: 18 genera and 65 species, tropical and warm areas, especially America.

Zimbabwe: 3 genera and 5 taxa.

Phytolacca octandra

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

Rivina humilis

Rivina humilis

Phytolacca dodecandra

Phytolacca dodecandra

Phytolacca dodecandra

Phytolacca dodecandra

Phytolacca octandra

Phytolacca octandra

Phytolacca octandra

Phytolacca octandra

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

GenusContent
Lophiocarpus Turcz.
Phytolacca L.Description, Image
Rivina L.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Phytolaccaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Phytolaccaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Phytolaccaceae
Flora of Zambia: Phytolaccaceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Phytolaccaceae
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: Phytolaccaceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=171, retrieved 30 October 2014

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