Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Metachlamydeae

Boraginaceae - Borage family

Martins, E.S. (1990) Boraginaceae FZ 7(4)

Description of the family

Herbs, shrubs or trees, often hispid or scabrid. Stipules 0. Leaves alternate, rarely opposite or subopposite, simple. Inflorescence usually a cyme, which is often scorpioidal, sometimes a panicle or raceme. Flowers bisexual or unisexual, actinomorphic or sometimes zygomorphic. Calyx usually 5-lobed. Corolla 5-lobed. Stamens (or staminodes) as many as corolla lobes. Ovary superior, entire or 4-lobed; 2(-4)-locular. Style 1, terminal or gynobasic. Fruit mostly consisting of 4 nutlets, less often 1 nutlet or a drupe.

Worldwide: 130 genera and 2,300 species, cosmopolitan, but especially common in the Mediterranean area and E Asia.

Zimbabwe: 9 genera and 37 taxa.

Trichodesma ambacense

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

Cordia africana

Cordia africana

Ehretia amoena

Ehretia amoena

Heliotropium steudneri

Heliotropium steudneri

Trichodesma zeylanicum

Trichodesma zeylanicum

Cynoglossum lanceolatum

Cynoglossum lanceolatum

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

GenusContent
Amsinckia Lehm.
Coldenia L.Description, Image
Cordia L.Description, Image
Cynoglossum L.Description, Image
Echium L.
Ehretia P. BrowneDescription, Image
Heliotropium L.Description, Image
Lithospermum L.
Trichodesma R. Br.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Boraginaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Boraginaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Boraginaceae
Flora of Zambia: Boraginaceae | cultivated Boraginaceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Boraginaceae
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: Boraginaceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=36, retrieved 19 December 2014

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