Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Zygophyllales

Zygophyllaceae - Calthrop family

Beier, B.-A., Chase, M. W. & Thulin, M. (2003) Phylogenetic relationships and taxonomy of subfamily Zygophylloideae (Zygophyllaceae) based on molecular and morphological data Plant Systematics and Evolution 240 11-39

Launert, E. (1963) Zygophyllaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(1)

Description of the family

Herbs, subshrubs or shrubs. Stipules present, persistent. Leaves opposite, rarely alternate, sometimes fleshy, simple, 2-3-foliolate or pinnate. Flowers actinomorphic, bisexual, hypogynous. Sepals (4-)5. Petals (4-)5, rarely 0. Disk usually present. Ovary superior, 4-5-locular. Fruit a capsule, sometimes spiny, breaking up into indehiscent cocci.

Worldwide: 27 genera and 285 species, in tropical and warm areas, especially arid zones, sometimes in saline areas.

Zimbabwe: 1 cultivated genus 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

Guaiacum L.Description

Other sources of information about Zygophyllaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Zygophyllaceae
Flora of Caprivi: Zygophyllaceae
Flora of Malawi: Zygophyllaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Zygophyllaceae
Flora of Zambia: Zygophyllaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Zygophyllaceae

External websites:

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

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: Zygophyllaceae.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/family.php?family_id=240, retrieved 1 February 2023

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