Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Malpighiales

Violaceae - Violet family

Robson, N.K.B. (1960) Violaceae FZ 1(1)

Description of the family

Trees, shrubs or herbs. Stipules 2. Leaves usually alternate, simple. Flowers bisexual, actinomorphic (Rinorea) or zygomorphic (Hybanthus and Viola). Sepals 5, usually free. Petals 5, free, the anterior one (in zygomorphic genera) spurred. Stamens 5, often bearing appendages. Ovary superior, 1-locular. Fruit a loculicidal capsule.

Worldwide: 20 genera and 800 species, cosmopolitan but only Viola temperate.

Zimbabwe: 3 genera and 8 taxa.

Viola abyssinica

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

GenusContent
Hybanthus Jacq.Description
Rinorea Aubl.Description, Image
Viola L.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Violaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Violaceae
Flora of Malawi: Violaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Violaceae
Flora of Zambia: Violaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Violaceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Violaceae
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: Violaceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=232, retrieved 2 July 2015

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