Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Sapindales

Kirkiaceae - Kirkia family

Wild, H. & Phipps, J.B. (1963) Simaroubaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(1)

Description of the family

Monoecious trees (in ours). Stipules 0. Leaves alternate, often crowded near the apex of the branches, imparipinnate. Inflorescences of paniculate, bracteate cymes. Flowers usually unisexual. Calyx lobes 4, free almost to base. Petals and stamens 4 (in ours). Disk annular or cushion-like, ± fleshy. Ovary superior, 4-locular, each loculus with 1 ovule. Fruit dry, 4-angled, when ripe composed of 4-8 triquetrous mericarps suspended from a central carpophore.

Worldwide: 4 species in 2 genera in tropical and South Africa

Zimbabwe: 1 genus and 1 taxon.

Kirkia acuminata

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Kirkia Oliv.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Kirkiaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Kirkiaceae
Flora of Caprivi: Kirkiaceae
Flora of Malawi: Kirkiaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Kirkiaceae
Flora of Zambia: Kirkiaceae

External websites:

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

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: Kirkiaceae.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=277, retrieved 18 April 2024

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