Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Myrtales

Onagraceae - Evening primrose family

Raven, P.H. (1978) Onagraceae Flora Zambesiaca 4

Description of the family

Herbs, sometimes ± woody at the base, or shrubs. Stipules minute or 0. Leaves alternate or opposite, rarely whorled, simple, entire, lobed or pinnatifid. Flowers bisexual or (rarely) unisexual, actinomorphic, 4- or 5-merous (rarely 2-, 3- or 6-merous). A long hypanthium usually present (not in Ludwigia). Petals free, sometimes 0. Stamens usually twice as many as the sepals in 2 whorls. Ovary inferior. Style single, stigma variously shaped. Fruit usually a loculicidally or irregularly dehiscent capsule, 1-many-seeded.

Worldwide: 18 genera and 650 species, cosmopolitan, especially tropical and warm America.

Zimbabwe: 3 genera and 18 taxa.

Oenothera rosea

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

Epilobium L.Description, Image
Ludwigia L.Description, Image
Oenothera L.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Onagraceae:

Our websites:

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

External websites:

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

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: Onagraceae.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=158, retrieved 23 March 2023

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