Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Malpighiales

Apodanthaceae

Rafflesiaceae

Stannard, B.L. (1997) Rafflesiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(2)

Description of the family

Parasitic plants without chlorophyll. Vegetative parts represented by mycelium-like structures within the host and only the flowers pushing through to the surface. Stems and leaves absent. Flowers (in ours) solitary and unisexual, actinomorphic, surrounded by bracts and bracteoles. Calyx fleshy, petaloid with 4-6 lobes. Petals 0. Stamens 8-many fused in series around a central column. Ovary inferior, of 4-numerous fused carpels. Fruit a berry. Seeds minute, numerous.

Worldwide: 2 genera and 12 species, mostly tropical.

Malawi: 1 genus and 1 taxon.

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Pilostyles Guill.Description

Other sources of information about Apodanthaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Mozambique: Apodanthaceae
Flora of Zambia: Apodanthaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Apodanthaceae

External websites:

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


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Malawi: Family page: Apodanthaceae.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=191, retrieved 3 December 2022

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