Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Myrtales


Fernandes, A. (1978) Sonneratiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4

Description of the family

Trees and shrubs, some mangroves (Sonneratia) with aerial roots (pneumatophores). Stipules 0. Leaves simple, opposite, petiolate, entire. Flowers bisexual, actinomorphic, axillary or terminal. Calyx tube campanulate, 4-8-lobed. Petals 4-8 or 0. Stamens 12 to numerous; filaments free, anthers medifixed. Ovary 4-many-locular; ovules numerous. Fruit a many-seeded berry or capsule.

The two genera are Sonneratia (a Mozambican native genus of mangroves) and Duabanga, which is cultivated in Zimbabwe. Both genera are sometimes included in the Lythraceae.

Worldwide: 2 genera and 8 species in the tropics of the Old World

Zimbabwe: 1 cultivated genus and 1 cultivated taxon.

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Duabanga Buch.-Ham.

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Flora of Mozambique: Sonneratiaceae

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Sonneratiaceae
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EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Sonneratiaceae
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iNaturalist: Sonneratiaceae
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Sonneratiaceae
JSTOR Plant Science: Sonneratiaceae
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Sonneratiaceae
Wikipedia: Sonneratiaceae
Plants of the World Online: Sonneratiaceae
Tropicos: Sonneratiaceae

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: Sonneratiaceae.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/family.php?family_id=275, retrieved 3 December 2023

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