Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Myrtales

Heteropyxidaceae - Lavender tree family

Fernandes, A. (1978) Heteropyxidaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4

Description of the family

Aromatic trees or shrubs. Leaves alternate, simple, with translucent gland-dots all over the lamina. Flowers unisexual by abortion, actinomorphic, yellowish, sweet-scented. Male flowers: petals 4(-5), free, gland-dotted; stamens (5-)7-8(-10) (in ours), much larger than the vestigial female organ. Female flowers: perianth as in male; staminodes (4-)5-8, minute, much shorter than the style; ovary superior, 2(3)-locular, gland-dotted; style with a large capitate stigma. Fruit a 2(-3)-valved capsule. Seeds slightly curved, the outer ones winged at both ends.

Comment: Sometimes sunk under the Myrtaceae

Worldwide: 3 species in Angola, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and South Africa

Zimbabwe: 1 cultivated genus and 2 cultivated taxa.

No image of a cultivated species but there is an image of a native or naturalised species

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

Heteropyxis Harv.Description

Other sources of information about Heteropyxidaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Heteropyxidaceae
Flora of Malawi: Heteropyxidaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Heteropyxidaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Heteropyxidaceae

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Heteropyxidaceae
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Heteropyxidaceae
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Heteropyxidaceae
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Heteropyxidaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Heteropyxidaceae
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Heteropyxidaceae
JSTOR Plant Science: Heteropyxidaceae
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Heteropyxidaceae
Wikipedia: Heteropyxidaceae
Plants of the World Online: Heteropyxidaceae
Tropicos: Heteropyxidaceae

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: Family page: Heteropyxidaceae.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/family.php?family_id=100, retrieved 11 December 2023

Site software last modified: 10 August 2019 10:35pm (GMT +2)
Terms of use