Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Huerteales


Flacourtiaceae p.p.

Alford, M.H. (2006) Gerrardinaceae: A New Family of African Flowering Plants Unresolved among Brassicales, Huerteales, Malvales, and Sapindales Taxon 55(4) 959-964

Byng, J.W. (2014) The Flowering Plants Handbook Plant Gateway Limited, Hertford, UK

Wild, H. (1960) Flacourtiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1)

Description of the family

Shrubs or small trees, sometimes scrambling. Leaves simple, alternate (spiral); margins toothed, rarely entire; venation pinnate. Stipules intrapetiolar. Inflorescence of axillary cymes. Flowers very small, actinomorphic with a 5-lobed disc attached to a hypanthium. Sepals free. Petals free, imbricate. Stamens opposite petals; filaments free. Ovary superior, or part inferior; carpels fused. Fruit a berry, dry or fleshy.

Comment: This monogeneric family was originally part of the now defunct family Flacourtiaceae. Its relationships with other families are still unclear.

Worldwide: 1 genus and 2 species in Africa

Malawi: 1 genus and 1 taxon.

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Gerrardina Oliv.Description

Other sources of information about Gerrardinaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Mozambique: Gerrardinaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Gerrardinaceae

External websites:

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

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: Gerrardinaceae.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=301, retrieved 27 January 2023

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