Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Malpighiales



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

Description of the family

Parasitic plants without chlorophyll. Vegetative parts represented by mycelium-like structures within the host and only the flowers pushing through to the surface. Stems and leaves absent. 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: 2 genera and 12 species, mostly tropical.

Zimbabwe: 1 genus and 1 taxon.

Pilostyles aethiopica

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Pilostyles Guill.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Apodanthaceae:

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Apodanthaceae
Flora of Malawi: Apodanthaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Apodanthaceae
Flora of Zambia: Apodanthaceae

External websites:

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

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: Apodanthaceae.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=191, retrieved 28 May 2024

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