Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Crossosomatales


Flacourtiaceae p.p.

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

Wild, H. (1960) Flacourtiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1)

Description of the family

Trees or shrubs. Leaves simple, alternate, 2-ranked; margins toothed; petioles present. Stipules minute. Inflorescence of axillary, solitary flowers or fascicles or racemes. Flowers small (c. 5 mm), bisexual, actinomorphic. Perianth 1-whorled, free except at base; unequal; imbricate, persistent; white turning yellow. Stamens many, filaments attached to the margin of the hypanthium. Ovary superior; placentation parietal; stigmas peltate, almost sessile. Fruit a white berry. Seeds orange.

Comment: Originally included in the now defunct family Flacourtiaceae, this monogeneric family was first established in 1985.

Worldwide: 1 genus and 2 species from East Africa to South Africa; also Madagascar, Mascarene Islands and Seychelles.

Zimbabwe: 1 genus and 1 taxon.

Aphloia theiformis

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Aphloia (DC.) Benn.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Aphloiaceae:

Our websites:

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

External websites:

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

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: Aphloiaceae.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=299, retrieved 3 February 2023

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