Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Gunnerales

Myrothamnaceae - Resurrection-bush family

Mendes, E.J. (1978) Myrothamnaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4

Description of the family

Dioecious, aromatic, glabrous shrub. Stipules subulate, paired, connate with the petiole, persistent. Leaves smelling of resin when crushed, opposite, flabellate, plicate, articulate with the petiole. Flowers sessile in terminal, erect, catkin-like inflorescences. Perianth 0. Bracts present and persistent after fruit fall. Male flowers (in ours): reduced to 5-6 stamens, anthers reddish. Female flowers (in ours): zygomorphic, reduced to (2-)3 green carpels, connate at the base and tapering into outwardly curved styles, presenting purple inwardly-facing stigmas. Fruit a dehiscent capsule. Seeds numerous.

Worldwide: 1 genus and 2 species, southern Africa and Madagascar.

Zimbabwe: 1 genus and 1 taxon.

Myrothamnus flabellifolius

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Myrothamnus Welw.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Myrothamnaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Myrothamnaceae
Flora of Malawi: Myrothamnaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Myrothamnaceae
Flora of Zambia: Myrothamnaceae

External websites:

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

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: Myrothamnaceae.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=146, retrieved 3 February 2023

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