Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Malpighiales

Achariaceae

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. Petioles often swollen at base. Stipules present. Inflorescence of axillary solitary flowers, panicles, racemes or fascicles, sometimes cauliflorous. Flowers actinomorphic, disk absent. Perianth spirally arranged of distinct sepals and petals. Sepals and petals free or basally fused; petals often white or papery or with a conspicuous basal scale. Stamens opposite the petals or irregularly placed, filaments usually free. Ovary superior; carpels fused, placentation parietal. Fruit a berry or capsule; often warty, winged or with bristles or spines.

Comment: According to the most recent taxonomic research by the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group (APG-III), this family includes a number of genera formerly placed within the now defunct family Flacourtiaceae. Kiggelaria has tentatively been placed here as well but its true relationships are still unclear.

Worldwide: 32 genera and 150 species, mainly in tropical Africa and Asia with some genera in the neotropics.

Zimbabwe: 3 genera and 3 taxa.

Rawsonia lucida

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

GenusContent
Kiggelaria L.Description, Image
Rawsonia Harv. & Sond.Description, Image
Xylotheca Hochst.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Achariaceae:

Our websites:

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

External websites:

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



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: Achariaceae.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=300, retrieved 18 April 2024

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