Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Brassicales


Leistner, O.A. (ed.) (2000) Seed plants of southern Africa: families and genera Strelitzia 10

Description of the family

Trees, often with a swollen trunk. Rootstocks often smelling of horseradish. Stipules minute, caducous. Leaves alternate, 2-4-imparipinnate, with stalked glands at base of petioles and pinnae. Inflorescence a many-flowered axillary panicle. Flowers bisexual, actinomorphic or zygomorphic, with petals and stamens fused into a cup-like hypanthium. Sepals 5, petaloid. Petals 5, alternating with sepals, white. Stamens 5. Ovary superior, of 3 fused carpels. Fruit a long beaked many-seeded pod-like capsule. Seeds with 3 membranous wings.

Worldwide: 1 genus and 12 species occuring in semi-arid Africa to Asia. (Ours is an introduction from NW India).

Zimbabwe: 1 genus and 1 taxon.

Moringa oleifera

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Moringa Adans.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Moringaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Moringaceae
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Moringaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Moringaceae
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Moringaceae
Flora of Zambia: Moringaceae
Flora of Zambia: cultivated Moringaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Moringaceae

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Moringaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Moringaceae
Wikipedia: Moringaceae

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: Moringaceae.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=143, retrieved 27 January 2023

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