Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Proteales

Platanaceae - Plane family

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

Description of the family

Large moneocious trees; bark often flaking in plates. Leaves usually deciduous; simple, alternate (spiral), palmately lobed or unlobed; margins usually toothed; venation subpalmate. Stipules leaf-like encircling the stem. Inflorescences consisting of 1-7 dense spherical heads arranged in a raceme. Flowers unisexual; actinomorphic. Sepals basally fused or free. Petals reduced or absent. Ovary superior; carpels free. Fruit achene-like with tufts of hair, aggregated into dense heads.

Worldwide: 1 genus and 8 species in the Northern hemisphere

Zimbabwe: 1 cultivated genus and 2 cultivated taxa.

Platanus wrightii

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Platanus L.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Platanaceae:

External websites:

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

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: Platanaceae.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/family.php?family_id=266, retrieved 29 March 2023

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