Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Caryophyllales

Polygonaceae - Knotweed family

Graham, R.A. (1958) Polygonaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa

Nogueira, I., Ortiz, S. & Paiva, J.A.R. (2006) Polygonaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(3)

Description of the family

Herbs (mostly, in ours), shrubs, climbers or rarely trees. Stems usually with sheathing stipules (ochreae). Leaves simple, alternate (rarely subopposite). Flowers actinomorphic, bisexual or unisexual. Petals 0. Perianth segments 3-6, sepaloid or petaloid, free or connate, persistent. Ovary superior, 1-locular, with a solitary ovule. Fruit a nut, indehiscent, hard, 3-angled or biconvex, usually enveloped in the perianth. Seeds with abundant endosperm.

Worldwide: 46 genera and 1100 species, ± cosmopolitan, but especially northern temperate.

Zimbabwe: 6 genera and 31 taxa.

Persicaria capitata

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

GenusContent
Emex Campd.
Fagopyrum Mill.Description
Oxygonum Burch.Description, Image
Persicaria (L.) Mill.Description, Image
Polygonum L.Description
Rumex L.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Polygonaceae:

Our websites:

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

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Polygonaceae
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-15

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2015). Flora of Zimbabwe: Family page: Polygonaceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=181, retrieved 30 July 2015

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