Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Santalales


Stannard, B.L. (2006) Balanophoraceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(3)

Description of the family

Herbaceous, perennial root-parasites without roots or chlorophyll, arising from underground tubers attached to the roots of the host. Leaves spiral or distichous, scale-like. Flowers unisexual. Male flowers: tepals 3-9; stamens 2 or 3(4). Female flowers: perianth segments 0 or 3; 3- or 4-merous; ovary ± inferior; style present or 0. Fruit a 1-seeded achene.

Worldwide: 18 genera and 44 species, mostly tropical.

Zimbabwe: 1 genus and 1 taxon.

Sarcophyte piriei

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Sarcophyte Sparrm.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Balanophoraceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Malawi: Balanophoraceae
Flora of Mozambique: Balanophoraceae
Flora of Zambia: Balanophoraceae

External websites:

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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Family page: Balanophoraceae.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=29, retrieved 27 January 2023

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