Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Caryophyllales

Caryophyllaceae - Chickweed family

Wild, H. (1960-1) Caryophyllaceae FZ 1(2)

Description of the family

Annual or perennial herbs. Stipules present (wholly or partly scarious) or 0. Leaves simple, usually opposite and decussate, rarely whorled, entire. Flowers in cymes, usually in dichasia, sometimes in cymose clusters, rarely solitary, usually bisexual, actinomorphic. Sepals 4-5, free or fused. Petals usually 4-5, sometimes 0, often 2-fid, free. Stamens 8-10. Styles 2-5. Ovary superior. Fruit a many-seeded capsule.

Worldwide: 87 genera and 2,300 species, cosmopolitan, but especially temperate and warm northern hemisphere.

Zimbabwe: 11 genera and 19 taxa.

Cerastium glomeratum

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

Stellaria mannii

Stellaria mannii

Polycarpon prostratum

Polycarpon prostratum

Polycarpaea corymbosa

Polycarpaea corymbosa

Saponaria officinalis

Saponaria officinalis

Pollichia campestris

Pollichia campestris

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

GenusContent
Cerastium L.Description, Image
Dianthus L.Description
Drymaria Willd. ex Schult.Description, Image
Pollichia AitonDescription, Image
Polycarpaea Lam.Description, Image
Polycarpon Loefl. ex L.Description, Image
Sagina L.Description, Image
Saponaria L.Description, Image
Silene L.Description, Image
Spergula L.Description
Stellaria L.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Caryophyllaceae:

Our websites:

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

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Caryophyllaceae
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: Caryophyllaceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=50, retrieved 25 December 2014

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