Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Myrtales

Melastomataceae - Tibouchina family

Fernandes, R. & A. (1978) Melastomataceae Flora Zambesiaca 4

Description of the family

Trees, shrubs or herbs. Stems square. Stipules 0. Leaves opposite or sometimes whorled, simple, typically with 3-7 prominent sunken veins. Flowers in cymes, bisexual, actinomorphic or zygomorphic as regards the stamens, (3-)4-5(-6)-merous. Sepals present, intersepalar segments also present. Petals as many as sepals. Ovary inferior, 2-many-locular. Style 1. Fruit a many-seeded capsule.

Worldwide: 188 genera and 4,950 species, tropical and warm areas, especially South America.

Zimbabwe: 7 genera and 14 taxa.

Heterotis canescens

Links to genera:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this family

Antherotoma (Naudin) Hook. f.Description, Image
Dissotis Benth.Description, Image
Heterotis Benth.Image
Melastomastrum NaudinDescription, Image
Memecylon L.Description
Tristemma Juss.Description, Image
Warneckea GilgDescription

Other sources of information about Melastomataceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Melastomataceae
Flora of Caprivi: Melastomataceae
Flora of Malawi: Melastomataceae
Flora of Mozambique: Melastomataceae
Flora of Zambia: Melastomataceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Melastomataceae

External websites:

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

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: Family page: Melastomataceae.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=134, retrieved 30 November 2023

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