Spermatophyta: Gymnospermae: Cycadales

Zamiaceae - Cycad family


Dyer, R.A. & Verdoorn, I.C. (1966) Zamiaceae Flora of Southern Africa 1

Dyer, R.A. & Verdoorn, I.C. (1969) Encephalartos manikensis and its near allies Kirkia 7(1)

Goode, D. (1989) Cycads of Africa Struik, Cape Town

Lewis, J. (1960) Cycadaceae (including Zamiaceae) Flora Zambesiaca 1(1)

Description of the family

Dioecious trees or shrubs. Trunk tall or very short, bearing spirally arranged leaf-bases and scale leaves. Leaves spirally arranged, pinnate; leaflets with longitudinal parallel veins and no midrib. Male cones consisting of leathery scales with numerous pollen-sacs on their abaxial surface. Female cones composed of thick and often woody, peltate scales bearing 2 (or more) ovules on their adaxial surface. Seeds angled, with a fleshy outer layer enclosing a hard inner shell.

Worldwide: 8 genera and 125 species, tropical and warm Africa, Australia and America.

Zimbabwe: 2 cultivated genera and 1 cultivated taxon.

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

Encephalartos Lehm.Description
Zamia L.

Other sources of information about Zamiaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Malawi: Zamiaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Zamiaceae
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Zamiaceae
Flora of Zambia: Zamiaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Zamiaceae

External websites:

Google: Web - Images - ScholarGRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Zamiaceae

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: Family page: Zamiaceae.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/family.php?family_id=238, retrieved 19 September 2019

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