Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Fabales

Fabaceae subfamily Caesalpinioideae - Legume family


Leguminosae subfam. Caesalpinioideae

Brenan, J.P.M. (1967) Leguminosae Subfamily Caesalpinioideae Flora of Tropical East Africa

Brummitt, R.K., Chikuni, A.C., Lock, J.M. & Polhill, R.M. (2007) Leguminosae Subfamily Caesalpinioideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(2)

Coates Palgrave, K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002) Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa

Högberg, P. & Piearce, G.D., (1986) Mycorrhizas in Zambian trees in relation to host taxonomy, vegetation type and successional patterns Journal of Ecology 74 775-785

Ross, J.H. (1977) Caesalpinioideae Flora of Southern Africa 16(2)

Description of the family

Trees or shrubs, less often climbers or herbs. Leaves usually 1-pinnate, less often simple or 2-pinnate. Inflorescences usually of spikes or panicles of racemes, rarely of spikes or capitate; racemes sometimes condensed to umbel-like fascicles. Flowers usually ± zygomorphic. Sepals usually free, sometimes ± connate. Petals imbricate in bud, usually with the dorsal within and overlapped by the lateral, free or sometimes connate below, usually 5, sometimes reduced to 1 or 0. Stamens usually 10 or fewer (rarely numerous), free or ± connate below. Pods various. Seeds generally without areoles.

Comment: Nowadays combined with the subfamilies Papilionoideae and Mimosoideae into the large family FABACEAE or LEGUMINOSAE. However, as all three are extensive and distinctive groups, it is still preferred to deal with them in separate lists.

Worldwide: 153 genera and 2,175 species, mostly tropical.

Zimbabwe: 25 genera and 76 taxa.

Bauhinia galpinii

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

Acrocarpus Wight ex Arn.Description, Image
Afzelia Sm.Description, Image
Baikiaea Benth.Description, Image
Bauhinia L.Description, Image
Brachystegia Benth.Description, Image
Burkea Hook.Description, Image
Caesalpinia L.Description, Image
Cassia L.Description, Image
Chamaecrista MoenchDescription, Image
Colophospermum J. LéonardDescription, Image
Cryptosepalum Benth.Description, Image
Dialium L.Description, Image
Erythrophleum Afzel. ex G. DonDescription, Image
Gleditsia L.Description, Image
Guibourtia Benn.Description, Image
Julbernardia Pellegr.Description, Image
Parkinsonia L.Description, Image
Peltophorum (Vogel) Benth.Description, Image
Piliostigma Hochst.Description, Image
Pomaria Cav.Description
Pterolobium Wight & Arn.Description, Image
Schotia Jacq.Description, Image
Senna Mill.Description, Image
Tamarindus L.Description, Image
Tylosema Torre & Hillc.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Fabaceae subfamily Caesalpinioideae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Fabaceae subfamily Caesalpinioideae
Flora of Caprivi: Fabaceae subfamily Caesalpinioideae
Flora of Malawi: Fabaceae subfamily Caesalpinioideae
Flora of Malawi: cultivated Fabaceae subfamily Caesalpinioideae
Flora of Mozambique: Fabaceae subfamily Caesalpinioideae
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Fabaceae subfamily Caesalpinioideae
Flora of Zambia: Fabaceae subfamily Caesalpinioideae
Flora of Zambia: cultivated Fabaceae subfamily Caesalpinioideae
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Fabaceae subfamily Caesalpinioideae

External websites:

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

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: Fabaceae subfamily Caesalpinioideae.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=43, retrieved 4 February 2023

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