Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Cornales

Cornaceae - Dogwood family

Cannon, J.F.M. (1978) Cornaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4

Description of the family

Trees or shrubs. Leaves opposite, simple; margin entire or serrate. Stipules 0. Flowers bisexual (Curtisia) or unisexual (Afrocrania), actinomorphic, arranged in panicles (Curtisia) or in dense terminal clusters surrounded by 4 herbaceous bracts (Afrocrania); pedicels not articulated. Petals 4-5. Stamens equal in number and alternating with them. Ovary inferior, 2- or 4-locular. Fruit a drupe.

Worldwide: 14 genera and 120 species, mainly northern temperate areas, rare in tropics and southern temperate.

Zimbabwe: 2 genera and 2 taxa.

Curtisia dentata

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Cornus HarmsDescription
Curtisia AitonDescription, Image

Key to Genera

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Other sources of information about Cornaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Malawi: Cornaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Cornaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Cornaceae

External websites:

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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-21

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2021). Flora of Zimbabwe: Family page: Cornaceae.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=63, retrieved 17 October 2021

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