Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Malvales

Sterculiaceae - Sterculia family

Wild, H. (1960-1) Sterculiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2)

Description of the family

Herbs, shrubs or trees. Stipules usually present. Leaves usually alternate, simple or digitately compound. Flowers bisexual, unisexual or polygamous, actinomorphic. Calyx ± divided into (usually 5) lobes. Epicalyx bracts usually present. Petals usually 5, hypogynous or 0. Stamens 5-many, staminodes sometimes present. Anthers 2-thecous. Ovary superior, 2-5-locular or with 2-5 ± coherent carpels which separate in fruit.

Comment: According to the most recent taxonomic research by the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group (APG-III), this family is now included in Malvaceae. As this new concept still appears to be highly controversial we will remain to treat it as a separate family until further information is available.

Worldwide: 67 genera and 1500 species, mostly tropical and warm areas but a few temperate.

Zimbabwe: 8 genera and 33 taxa.

Waltheria indica

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

Cola Schott & Endl.Description, Image
Dombeya Cav.Description, Image
Hermannia L.Description, Image
Melhania Forssk.Description, Image
Melochia L.Description, Image
Sterculia L.Description, Image
Triplochiton K.Schum.Description, Image
Waltheria L.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Sterculiaceae:

Our websites:

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

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Sterculiaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar

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: Sterculiaceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=213, retrieved 1 December 2015

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