Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Metachlamydeae: Ericales


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

Description of the family

Trees or shrubs bark sometimes resinous, rarely thorny. Leaves deciduous, simple, alternate (spiral); margins entire or toothed; usually stellate, peltate or lepidote hairs, often brown or reddish. Inflorescence cymes, racemes, panicles, or rarely 2-flowered. Flowers mainly bisexual; actinomorphic; often bracteoles absent. Petals fused; imbricate; or valvate; white, rarely pink or yellow. Ovary superior to inferior; carpels fused. Fruit a loculicidal capsule, drupe, samara, berry-like or nut-like.

Worldwide: 11 genera and 160 species in warm temperate and tropical America, Mediterranean, SE Asia and W Malesia

Zimbabwe: 1 cultivated genus and 1 cultivated taxon.

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Halesia Ellis ex L.Description

Other sources of information about Styracaceae:

External websites:

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

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: Styracaceae.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/family.php?family_id=269, retrieved 24 April 2024

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