Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Geraniales

Melianthaceae - Bersama family

White, F. (1966) Melianthaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2)

Description of the family

Trees or shrubs. Leaves alternate, imparipinnate (in ours). Stipules present. Inflorescence a conspicuous raceme. Flowers unisexual, zygomorphic. Sepals 4-5, differing from the 4-5 free and unequal petals. Ovary superior. Style with capitate stigma. Fruit a capsule.

Worldwide: 2 genera and 8 species in tropical and South Africa.

Malawi: 1 genus and 4 taxa.

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Bersama Fresen.Description

Other sources of information about Melianthaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Melianthaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Melianthaceae
Flora of Zambia: Melianthaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Melianthaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Melianthaceae

External websites:

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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Family page: Melianthaceae.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=136, retrieved 22 February 2024

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