Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae:

Altingiaceae - Sweetgum family

Description of the family

Usually monoecious trees. Leaves deciduous, alternate, serrate, palmately veined and lobed, with stipules. Flowers unisexual without petals, in spherical heads. Male flowers in erect terminal racemes of several heads; stamens many. Female flowers amalgamated into a single dense head borne on a pendent peduncle; ovary 2-celled with a persistent style. Mature fruiting head hard and woody. Seeds winged.

Worldwide: One genus, which occurs in Asia, the Eastern Mediterranean, and from the eastern U.S.A. to Central America.

Zimbabwe: 1 cultivated genus and 2 cultivated taxa.

Liquidambar styraciflua

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Liquidambar L.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Altingiaceae:

External websites:

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



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: Altingiaceae.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/family.php?family_id=324, retrieved 21 May 2024

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