Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Zygophyllales

Balanitaceae - Torchwood family

Launert, E. (1963) Balanitaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(1)

Sands, M.J.S. (1989) Balanitaceae Flora of Ethiopia, vol. 3 Addis Ababa University and Uppsala University

Sands, M.J.S. (2001) The Desert Date and its relatives: a revision of the genus Balanites Kew Bulletin 56(1) 1-128

Description of the family

Trees or shrubs, with simple or forked spines. Stipules 0. Leaves alternate, 2-foliolate. Leaflets coriaceous, entire. Flowers bisexual, actinomorphic. Sepals 5, free. Petals 5, free. Stamens 10. Disk succulent, longitudinally 10-grooved. Ovary superior, 5-locular. Fruit a 1-seeded drupe.

Worldwide: 1 genus and 25 species, tropical Africa to Burma.

Malawi: 1 genus and 2 taxa.

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Balanites DelileDescription

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Flora of Botswana: Balanitaceae
Flora of Caprivi: Balanitaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Balanitaceae
Flora of Zambia: Balanitaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Balanitaceae

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Balanitaceae
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Balanitaceae
Wikipedia: Balanitaceae

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: Balanitaceae.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=28, retrieved 21 March 2023

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