Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Malpighiales


Byng, J.W. (2014) The Flowering Plants Handbook Plant Gateway Limited, Hertford, UK

Description of the family

Dioecious trees or shrubs. Leaves simple, alternate (in ours); leaf base often asymmetrical; margins entire or toothed; sometimes aromatic (mustard or peppery odour); stipules small. Inflorescence axillary fascicles or solitary flowers, sometimes cauliflorous in Drypetes. Flowers unisexual; actinomorphic. Perianth 1-whorled imbricate, often unequal. Ovary superior; carpels fused. Fruit a green to brown drupe, sometimes with stellate hairs.

Comment: This small family until recently formed the tribe Drypeteae of the subfamily Phyllanthoideae in Euphorbiaceae sensu lato.

Worldwide: 3 genera and c. 215 species in Southeast Asia and Africa.

Zimbabwe: 1 genus and 5 taxa.

Drypetes natalensis var. natalensis

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Drypetes VahlDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Putranjivaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Malawi: Putranjivaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Putranjivaceae
Flora of Zambia: Putranjivaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Putranjivaceae

External websites:

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

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: Putranjivaceae.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=296, retrieved 26 September 2023

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