Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Rosales


Byng, J.W. (2014) The Flowering Plants Handbook Plant Gateway Limited, Hertford, UK

Description of the family

Shrubs, small trees, or rarely, woody climbers; usually xerophytes or halophytes. Leaves often deciduous, simple, alternate (usually spiral) (in ours); margins entire; petioles present; shoots often reduced to spines; usually silver or golden with scales or peltate or stellate hairs throughout, silver or golden. Inflorescence of solitary, axillary flowers, racemes, spikes or fascicles. Flowers unisexual, actinomorphic, often with a fleshy hypanthium. Perianth 1-whorled (petals absent) fused, at least basally; usually blunt-lobed, often petaloid. Stamen filaments attached to hypanthium. Ovary superior with 1 carpel; placentation basal. Fruit an achene, berry or drupe-like.

Worldwide: 3 genera and 60 species in temperate and warm Northern hemisphere extending to tropical Asia and Australia

Zimbabwe: 1 cultivated genus and 1 cultivated taxon.

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Elaeagnus L.Description

Other sources of information about Elaeagnaceae:

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Flora of Zambia: cultivated Elaeagnaceae

External websites:

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

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: Elaeagnaceae.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/family.php?family_id=254, retrieved 29 March 2023

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