Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Malpighiales

Rhizophoraceae - Onionwood family

Torre, A. & Gonçalves, M. L. (1978) Rhizophoraceae Flora Zambesiaca 4

Description of the family

Trees and shrubs. Leaves simple, opposite, rarely whorled, with interpetiolar stipules. Inflorescences axillary, of various types. Flowers bisexual (in ours), actinomorphic. Calyx gamosepalous; lobes 4-5(-7). Petals as many as calyx lobes and alternating with them, free. Stamens twice as many as petals or more. Ovary inferior to superior; style 1 (in ours). Fruit a berry, drupe or (in ours) a capsule. Seeds arillate.

Comment: The family includes three genera of mangroves in the FZ region, namely Bruguiera, Ceriops and Rhizophora. However, the Zimbabwean spp. all fall in the genus Cassipourea, most common in forests in the E Highlands.

Worldwide: 15 genera and 120 species, mainly Old World tropics.

Zimbabwe: 1 genus and 4 taxa.

Cassipourea gummiflua var. verticillata

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Cassipourea Aubl.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Rhizophoraceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Malawi: Rhizophoraceae
Flora of Mozambique: Rhizophoraceae
Flora of Zambia: Rhizophoraceae

External websites:

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

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: Rhizophoraceae.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=196, retrieved 2 December 2022

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