Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Malvales

Malvaceae subfamily Grewioideae - Grewia family

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

Wild, H. (1963) Tiliaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(1)

Description of the family

Small trees, lianes, shrubs or herbs, often stellately hairy. Stipules small, deciduous. Leaves alternate, often asymmetric and 3-veined from the base. Flowers usually bisexual, actinomorphic. Sepals 5, or sometimes 2-4, free or occasionally connate. Petals free, equalling number of sepals, rarely 0. Stamens usually numerous. Ovary superior, 2-10-locular. Fruit a dry or ± fleshy drupe or schizocarp.

Comment: According to the most recent taxonomic research by the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group (APG-III), Malvaceae sensu lato now includes Bombacaceae, Tiliaceae and Sterculiaceae, three families traditionally considered separate but closely related. In this new concept Malvaceae would consist of the following nine subfamilies:

Byttnerioideae (formerly part of Sterculiaceae, including Hermannia, Melochia and Waltheria)
Grewioideae (formerly part of Tiliaceae including all our regional genera)
Sterculioideae (formerly part of , including Cola and Sterculia)
Tilioideae (formerly part of Tiliaceae Not in our region)
Dombeyoideae (formerly part of Sterculiaceae, including Dombeya and Melhania)
Brownlowioideae (formerly part of Tiliaceae Not in our region)
Helicteroideae (formerly part of Sterculiaceae, including Triplochiton)
Malvoideae (formerly Malvaceae sensu stricto
Bombacoideae (formerly Bombacaceae)

Worldwide: 25 genera, mainly tropical

Zimbabwe: 2 cultivated genera and 2 cultivated taxa.

Grewia occidentalis var. occidentalis

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

GenusContent
Grewia L.Description, Image
Sparrmannia L.f.Description

Other sources of information about Malvaceae subfamily Grewioideae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Malvaceae subfamily Grewioideae
Flora of Caprivi: Malvaceae subfamily Grewioideae
Flora of Malawi: Malvaceae subfamily Grewioideae
Flora of Mozambique: Malvaceae subfamily Grewioideae
Flora of Zambia: Malvaceae subfamily Grewioideae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Malvaceae subfamily Grewioideae

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Malvaceae subfamily Grewioideae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Malvaceae subfamily Grewioideae
Wikipedia: Malvaceae subfamily Grewioideae


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-20

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: Family page: Malvaceae subfamily Grewioideae.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/family.php?family_id=221, retrieved 13 July 2020

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