Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Malpighiales

Chrysobalanaceae - Coco-plum family

Description of the family

Trees, shrubs or suffrutices. Stipules present, caducous (in ours). Leaves simple, entire, alternate, usually with 2 glands at the base of the lamina or apex of petiole. Flowers bisexual, slightly zygomorphic (in ours), perigynous. Sepals 5. Petals 5. Stamens 2-many. Ovary superior with 3 carpels, one of which fully develops; each carpel 1- or 2-locular. Fruit a fleshy drupe.

Worldwide: 17 genera and 460 species, tropical, especially occurring in America.

Zimbabwe: 2 genera and 3 taxa.

Parinari curatellifolia

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Maranthes BlumeDescription
Parinari Aubl.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Chrysobalanaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Chrysobalanaceae
Flora of Caprivi: Chrysobalanaceae
Flora of Malawi: Chrysobalanaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Chrysobalanaceae
Flora of Zambia: Chrysobalanaceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Chrysobalanaceae
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Family page: Chrysobalanaceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=56, retrieved 29 May 2016

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