Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Caryophyllales

Phytolaccaceae - Pokeweed family

Stannard, B.L. (1988) Phytolaccaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(1)

Description of the family

Trees, shrubs or herbs, sometimes scrambling, usually glabrous and slightly succulent. Stipules 0 (in ours). Leaves simple, alternate, ± entire. Inflorescence a spike or panicle. Sepals 4-5. Petals 0. Stamens 4-many, 1-2-seriate, often on a fleshy disk. Ovary usually superior. Fruits of 1-many, free or connate carpels, fleshy or dry.

Worldwide: 18 genera and 65 species, tropical and warm areas, especially America.

Zimbabwe: 2 genera and 4 taxa.

Phytolacca octandra

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

Phytolacca L.Description, Image
Rivina L.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Phytolaccaceae:

Our websites:

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

External websites:

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

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: Family page: Phytolaccaceae.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=171, retrieved 20 July 2024

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