Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae

Tiliaceae - Linden family

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002) Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa

Wild, H. (1963) Tiliaceae FZ 2(1)

Description of the family

Small trees, lianes, shrubs or herbs, often stellately hairy. Stipules small, deciduous. Leaves alternate, often asymmetric and 3-veined from the base. Flowers usually bisexual, actinomorphic. Sepals 5, or sometimes 2-4, free or occasionally connate. Petals free, equalling number of sepals, rarely 0. Stamens usually numerous. Ovary superior, 2-10-locular. Fruit a dry or ± fleshy drupe or schizocarp.

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: 46 genera and 680 species, ± cosmopolitan

Zimbabwe: 4 genera and 56 taxa.

Triumfetta welwitschii

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

Corchorus aestuans

Corchorus aestuans

Corchorus tridens

Corchorus tridens

Grewia olukondae

Grewia olukondae

Grewia sulcata

Grewia sulcata

Triumfetta welwitschii

Triumfetta welwitschii

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

GenusContent
Corchorus L.Description, Image
Grewia L.Description, Image
Sparrmannia L.f.Description, Image
Triumfetta L.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Tiliaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Tiliaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Tiliaceae
Flora of Zambia: Tiliaceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Tiliaceae
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: Tiliaceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=221, retrieved 17 September 2014

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