Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Rosales

Rhamnaceae - Buffalo-thorn family

Drummond, R.B. (1966) Rhamnaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2)

Description of the family

Trees, shrubs, suffrutices or lianes; branches sometimes with coiled tendrils (Gouania and Helinus). Stipules present, sometimes spiny. Leaves alternate (sometimes opposite or subopposite) or fasciculate, simple. Flowers bisexual or rarely unisexual, actinomorphic. Sepals (4-)5. Petals (4-)5 or 0. Disk usually present and well-developed. Ovary superior, subinferior or inferior, 2-4-locular. Fruit a drupe, capsule or schizocarp.

Worldwide: 49 genera and 900 species, cosmopolitan, but especially in tropical and warm areas.

Malawi: 9 genera and 13 taxa.

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GenusContent
Berchemia Neck. ex DC.Description, Image
Gouania Jacq.Description, Image
Helinus E. Mey. ex Endl.Description
Lasiodiscus Hook. f.Description
Phylica L.Description
Rhamnus L.Description, Image
Scutia (DC.) Brongn.Description, Image
Ventilago Description
Ziziphus Mill.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Rhamnaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Rhamnaceae
Flora of Caprivi: Rhamnaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Rhamnaceae
Flora of Zambia: Rhamnaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Rhamnaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Rhamnaceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Rhamnaceae
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Malawi: Family page: Rhamnaceae.
http://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=195, retrieved 21 November 2017

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