Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Brassicales

Tropaeolaceae - Nasturtium family

Description of the family

Usually climbing or trailing herbs with ± succulent stems and leaves. Stipules present. Leaves alternate, peltate. Flowers solitary on long axillary peduncles, strongly zygomorphic, showy, usually (in ours) red, orange or yellow. Sepals 5, one produced into a long slender nectar-spur. Petals 5, clawed, often cut or fringed, the 2 upper ones unlike the others. Stamens 8. Ovary 3-locular, each cell with 1 ovule. Fruit of three 1-seeded carpels.

Worldwide: 3 genera and 89 species from Central and South America.

Zimbabwe: 1 cultivated genus and 1 cultivated taxon.

Tropaeolum majus

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

Tropaeolum L.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Tropaeolaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Zimbabwe: Tropaeolaceae

External websites:

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

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: Tropaeolaceae.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/family.php?family_id=223, retrieved 21 March 2023

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