Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Gunnerales

Myrothamnaceae - Resurrection-bush family

Mendes, E.J. (1978) Myrothamnaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4

Description of the family

Dioecious, aromatic, glabrous shrub. Stipules subulate, paired, connate with the petiole, persistent. Leaves smelling of resin when crushed, opposite, flabellate, plicate, articulate with the petiole. Flowers sessile in terminal, erect, catkin-like inflorescences. Perianth 0. Bracts present and persistent after fruit fall. Male flowers (in ours): reduced to 5-6 stamens, anthers reddish. Female flowers (in ours): zygomorphic, reduced to (2-)3 green carpels, connate at the base and tapering into outwardly curved styles, presenting purple inwardly-facing stigmas. Fruit a dehiscent capsule. Seeds numerous.

Worldwide: 1 genus and 2 species, southern Africa and Madagascar.

Malawi: 1 genus and 1 taxon.

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Myrothamnus Welw.Description

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Flora of Botswana: Myrothamnaceae
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Flora of Zambia: Myrothamnaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Myrothamnaceae

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Myrothamnaceae
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Myrothamnaceae
JSTOR Plant Science: Myrothamnaceae
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Myrothamnaceae
Wikipedia: Myrothamnaceae
Plants of the World Online: Myrothamnaceae
Tropicos: Myrothamnaceae

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: Myrothamnaceae.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=146, retrieved 23 June 2024

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