Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Malpighiales


Stannard, B.L. (1997) Rafflesiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(2)

Description of the family

Parasitic plants. Vegetative parts represented by mycelium-like structures within the host and only the flowers pushing through to the surface. Flowers (in ours) solitary and unisexual, actinomorphic, surrounded by bracts and bracteoles. Calyx fleshy, petaloid with 4-6 lobes. Petals 0. Stamens 8-many fused in series around a central column. Ovary inferior, of 4-numerous fused carpels. Fruit a berry. Seeds minute, numerous.

Worldwide: 9 genera and 50 species, mostly tropical.

Zimbabwe: 1 genus and 1 taxon.

Berlinianche aethiopica

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Berlinianche (Harms) Vattimo-GilDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Rafflesiaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Malawi: Rafflesiaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Rafflesiaceae
Flora of Zambia: Rafflesiaceae

External websites:

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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Zimbabwe: Family page: Rafflesiaceae.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=191, retrieved 29 September 2022

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