Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae

Rhamnaceae - Buffalo-thorn family

Drummond, R.B. (1966) Rhamnaceae FZ 2(2)

Description of the family

Trees, shrubs, suffrutices or lianes; branches sometimes with coiled tendrils (Gouania and Helinus). Stipules present, sometimes spiny. Leaves alternate (sometimes opposite or subopposite) or fasciculate, simple. Flowers bisexual or rarely unisexual, actinomorphic. Sepals (4-)5. Petals (4-)5 or 0. Disk usually present and well-developed. Ovary superior, subinferior or inferior, 2-4-locular. Fruit a drupe, capsule or schizocarp.

Worldwide: 49 genera and 900 species, cosmopolitan, but especially in tropical and warm areas.

Zimbabwe: 8 genera and 18 taxa.

Gouania longispicata

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

Ziziphus abyssinica

Ziziphus abyssinica

Ziziphus mucronata subsp. mucronata

Ziziphus mucronata subsp. mucronata

Ziziphus pubescens subsp. pubescens

Ziziphus pubescens subsp. pubescens

Gouania longispicata

Gouania longispicata

Ziziphus mucronata

Ziziphus mucronata

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

GenusContent
Berchemia Neck. ex DC.Description, Image
Gouania Jacq.Description, Image
Helinus E. Mey. ex Endl.Description, Image
Lasiodiscus Hook. f.Description
Phylica L.Description
Rhamnus L.Description, Image
Scutia (DC.) Brongn.Description
Ziziphus Mill.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Rhamnaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Rhamnaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Rhamnaceae
Flora of Zambia: Rhamnaceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Rhamnaceae
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: Rhamnaceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=195, retrieved 22 December 2014

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