Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Sapindales

Sapindaceae - Litchi family

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002) Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa

Exell, A.W. (1966) Sapindaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2)

Vollesen, K. (1989) Sapindaceae Flora of Ethiopia 3

Description of the family

Trees, shrubs or climbers, sometimes with tendrils (Cardiospermum and Paullinia). Stipules 0 (but present in Cardiospermum). Leaves alternate, mostly compound, a few simple (Dodonaea and Pappea); rhachis sometimes winged. Inflorescence usually a thyrse but flowers sometimes fasciculate. Sepals usually 4-5, often ± connate. Petals 0-5. Disk present (0 in Dodonaea). Stamens usually 5-12, reduced, rarely 0 in female flowers. Ovary of 2-8 carpels. Style 1. Fruit a capsule or fleshy and indehiscent or composed of 1 or more indehiscent cocci. Seeds often with a fleshy arillode.

Worldwide: 131 genera and 1,450 species, tropical and warm areas with a few in temperate zones.

Malawi: 14 genera and 22 taxa.

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GenusContent
Allophylus L.Description, Image
Aporrhiza Radlk.Description
Blighia K. KönigDescription
Cardiospermum L.Description, Image
Deinbollia Schumach. & Thonn.Description
Dodonaea Mill.Description, Image
Filicium Thwaites ex Benth.Description
Haplocoelum Radlk.Description
Lecaniodiscus Planch. ex Benth.Description
Lepisanthes BlumeDescription
Pancovia Willd.Description, Image
Pappea Eckl. & Zeyh.Description
Paullinia L.Description, Image
Zanha HiernDescription

Other sources of information about Sapindaceae:

Our websites:

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

External websites:

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


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Malawi: Family page: Sapindaceae.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=204, retrieved 12 December 2019

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