Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Metachlamydeae
- Gentian family
Paiva, J. & Nogueira, I. (1990)
Gentianaceae FZ 7(4)
Description of the family
Mostly annual, biennial or perennial herbs, rarely (Anthocleista only in our area) trees or shrubs. Stipules 0. Leaves simple, opposite (in ours). Inflorescence a cyme or raceme, sometimes flowers solitary, fasciculate or verticillate. Flowers bisexual (sometimes unisexual), actinomorphic, (rarely zygomorphic). Calyx tubular with (2-)4-5 or rarely 6-12 lobes. Corolla gamopetalous, 3-5(-16)-lobed. Stamens as many as corolla lobes. Ovary superior, 1- or 2-locular. Fruit usually a capsule, rarely a berry.
Worldwide: 89 genera and c.1200 species, ± cosmopolitan but mainly temperate and subtropical
More sample images from the Gentianaceae (Click on each image to see a larger version and details of the record)
Other sources of information about Gentianaceae:Flora of Mozambique
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for GentianaceaeGoogle
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten and Petra Ballings, 2002-13
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T. & Ballings, P.
. Flora of Zimbabwe: Family page: Gentianaceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=90, retrieved 21 May 2013