Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Caryophyllales


Gonçalves, M.L. (1978) Aizoaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4

Gonçalves, M.L. (1978) Mesembryanthemaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4

Gonçalves, M.L. (1978) Tetragoniaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4

Description of the family

Annual or perennial herbs, sometimes woody at the base, usually ± succulent. Stipules 0. Leaves opposite or alternate, simple. Inflorescences axillary, solitary or in groups. Flowers bisexual, actinomorphic. Perianth segments 5, united below into a tube, persistent. Stamens 3-many. Ovary superior, of 1-5 united carpels; ovules 1-many per loculus. Fruit a capsule, circumscissile (in ours).

Comment: The relationships between the families Aizoaceae, Mesembryanthemaceae, Molluginaceae and Tetragoniaceae and which genera fall within each family, are controversial. On this site, Molluginaceae remains a separate family while Mesembryanthemaceae and Tetragoniaceae are both sunk under Aizoaceae.

Worldwide: 128 genera and 1,850 species, tropics and subtropics, mostly in South Africa and Australia.

Zimbabwe: 6 genera and 10 taxa.

Zaleya pentandra

Links to genera:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this family

Aizoon L.Description, Image
Delosperma N.E. Br.Description, Image
Galenia L.Description
Sesuvium L.Description, Image
Trianthema L.Description
Zaleya Burm. f.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Aizoaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Aizoaceae
Flora of Caprivi: Aizoaceae
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Aizoaceae
Flora of Malawi: Aizoaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Aizoaceae
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Aizoaceae
Flora of Zambia: Aizoaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Aizoaceae

External websites:

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

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: Aizoaceae.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=3, retrieved 28 May 2024

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