Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae

Combretaceae - Combretum family

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

Exell, A.W. (1978) Combretaceae FZ 4

Description of the family

Trees, shrubs, suffrutices or woody climbers. The indumentum of scales and/or hairs is taxonomically distinctive (although microscopic). Leaves simple, opposite, whorled, subopposite or alternate, almost always entire. Stipules 0. Flowers bisexual or bisexual and male in same inflorescence, usually 4-5-merous. Sepals 4 or 5 (rarely 6 or 8). Petals 4 or 5, sometimes 0. Stamens usually twice as many as petals, sometimes equal in number. Ovary inferior, 1-locular. Fruit 2-5-winged, 1-seeded.

Worldwide: 20 genera and 500 species, tropics and warm areas, especially Africa.

Zimbabwe: 4 genera and 47 taxa.

Combretum platypetalum

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

Combretum adenogonium

Combretum adenogonium

Combretum hereroense subsp. hereroense

Combretum hereroense subsp. hereroense

Combretum mossambicense

Combretum mossambicense

Pteleopsis myrtifolia

Pteleopsis myrtifolia

Terminalia stuhlmannii

Terminalia stuhlmannii

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

GenusContent
Combretum Loefl.Description, Image
Meiostemon Exell & StaceDescription
Pteleopsis Engl.Description, Image
Terminalia L.Description, Image

Key to Genera

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Other sources of information about Combretaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Combretaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Combretaceae
Flora of Zambia: Combretaceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Combretaceae
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: Combretaceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=59, retrieved 30 July 2014

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