Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Saxifragales

Saxifragaceae - Saxifrage family

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

Description of the family

Perennial herbs, rarely annuals or biennials, sometimes succulent. Leaves often basally aggregated; simple, sometimes compound (pinnately or palmately); usually alternate; margins entire, lobed or toothed; venation pinnate or palmate. Inflorescences consisting of cymes, racemes, spikes, heads fascicles, panicles, rarely solitary flowers; scapose; bracteate. Flowers usually bisexual; actinomorphic, rarely zygomorphic; hypanthium free or fused to ovary base, often cup-shaped. Petals fused or free; sometimes absent. Ovary superior to inferior; carpels usually fused. Fruit a septicidal capsule or sometimes a group of follicles.

Worldwide: 35 genera and 660 species, subcosmopolitan, especially Northern temperate and cold regions and also in tropical montane areas.

Zimbabwe: 1 cultivated genus and 1 cultivated taxon.

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Other sources of information about Saxifragaceae:

External websites:

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

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: Saxifragaceae.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/family.php?family_id=268, retrieved 11 December 2023

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