Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Cornales

Hydrangeaceae - Hydrangea family

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

Description of the family

Perennial shrubs, sub-shrubs, woody herbs or climbers; bark often peeling. Leaves simple, opposite or alternate, margins entire, toothed or rarely lobed; often deciduous. Petioles present; no stipules. Inflorescence cymes, heads, corymbs, panicles or racemes. Flowers usually bisexual; actinomorphic or sometimes zygomorphic. Sepals small usually fused, enlarged in sterile flowers. Petals usually fused; stamens 2-whorled to many, anthers usually basifixed. Ovary usually inferior; carpels fused. Fruit a septicidal or loculicidal capsule or berry.

Worldwide: 9 genera and 220 species from N temperate regions to Malesia.

Zimbabwe: 3 cultivated genera and 4 cultivated taxa.

Hydrangea quercifolia

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

Deutzia Thunb.Description
Hydrangea L.Description, Image
Philadelphus L.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Hydrangeaceae:

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Hydrangeaceae
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Hydrangeaceae
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Hydrangeaceae
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Hydrangeaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Hydrangeaceae
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Hydrangeaceae
JSTOR Plant Science: Hydrangeaceae
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Hydrangeaceae
Wikipedia: Hydrangeaceae
Plants of the World Online: Hydrangeaceae
Tropicos: Hydrangeaceae

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: Family page: Hydrangeaceae.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/family.php?family_id=260, retrieved 30 May 2024

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