Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Metachlamydeae: Boraginales

Boraginaceae - Borage family

Martins, E.S. (1990) Boraginaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(4)

Description of the family

Herbs, shrubs or trees, often hispid or scabrid. Stipules 0. Leaves alternate, rarely opposite or subopposite, simple. Inflorescence usually a cyme, which is often scorpioidal, sometimes a panicle or raceme. Flowers bisexual or unisexual, actinomorphic or sometimes zygomorphic. Calyx usually 5-lobed. Corolla 5-lobed. Stamens (or staminodes) as many as corolla lobes. Ovary superior, entire or 4-lobed; 2(-4)-locular. Style 1, terminal or gynobasic. Fruit mostly consisting of 4 nutlets, less often 1 nutlet or a drupe.

Worldwide: 130 genera and 2,300 species, cosmopolitan, but especially common in the Mediterranean area and E Asia.

Malawi: 7 genera and 24 taxa.

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Links to genera:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this family

GenusContent
Cordia L.Description
Cynoglossum L.Description, Image
Ehretia P. BrowneDescription
Euploca Nutt.Description
Heliotropium L.Description
Lithospermum L.Description
Trichodesma R. Br.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Boraginaceae:

Our websites:

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

External websites:

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



Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Family page: Boraginaceae.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=36, retrieved 14 April 2024

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