Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Buxales

Buxaceae - Box family

Clapham, A.R., Tutin, T.G. & Moore, D.M. (1989) Flora of the British Isles. 3rd edition. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

Leistner, O.A. (ed.) (2000) Seed plants of southern Africa: families and genera Strelitzia 10

Description of the family

Monoecious evergreen trees or shrubs. Stipules 0. Leaves simple. Flowers actinomorphic, small, arranged in compact inflorescences. Sepals usually 4, sometimes 0. Male flowers: sepals 4 or 6, usually in 2 series; petals 0; stamens 4 or 6. Female flowers: sepals 4 or 6; petals 0; ovary superior, 3-locular; styles 3, divergent. Fruit a capsule or drupe.

Worldwide: 4 genera and 70 species, almost cosmopolitan

Malawi: 1 genus and 1 taxon.

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Buxus L.Description

Other sources of information about Buxaceae:

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Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Buxaceae

External websites:

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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Malawi: Family page: Buxaceae.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=249, retrieved 23 September 2023

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