Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Metteniusales


Description of the family

Evergreen trees, shrubs or lianes. Leaves alternate, entire. Flowers actinomorphic, bisexual. Calyx present 5-lobed. Petals 5, reflexed. Stamens 5, exserted, alternating with the petals. Ovary superior, 1-locular with 1 ovule. Style 1. Fruit a drupe with or without a prominent lateral fleshy appendage.

Worldwide: 10 genera and 62 species, mainly tropical.

Zimbabwe: 2 genera and 2 taxa.

Rhaphiostylis beninensis

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Apodytes E.Mey. ex Arn.Description, Image
Rhaphiostylis Planch. ex Benth.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Metteniusaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Metteniusaceae
Flora of Malawi: Metteniusaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Metteniusaceae
Flora of Zambia: Metteniusaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Metteniusaceae

External websites:

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

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: Metteniusaceae.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=322, retrieved 29 February 2024

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