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 imberbe

Combretum imberbe

Combretum obovatum

Combretum obovatum

Terminalia mollis

Terminalia mollis

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 24 November 2014

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