Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Metachlamydeae: Gentianales


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

Description of the family

Woody climbers, shrubs or trees. Leaves simple, opposite, rarely whorled or alternate; margins usually entire. Stipules sometimes present. Inflorescence of axillary cymes, terminal panicles or solitary flowers. Flowers 5-merous, bisexual, actinomorphic. Sepals persistent, free or fused. Petals funnel-shaped, partly or completely fused; white to pink or orange (Mostuea) yellow (Gelsemium) or yellow to red (Pteleocarpa). Stamens opposite the sepals; filaments attached to petals. Ovary superior, carpels fused. Fruit a capsule or samara.

Worldwide: Genera 3; species 13 in tropical and subtropical regions.

Malawi: 1 genus and 1 taxon.

Mostuea brunonis var. brunonis

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Mostuea Didr.Description

Other sources of information about Gelsemiaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Mozambique: Gelsemiaceae
Flora of Zambia: Gelsemiaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Gelsemiaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Gelsemiaceae

External websites:

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

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: Gelsemiaceae.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=316, retrieved 23 March 2023

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