Spermatophyta: Monocotyledonae: Zingiberales

Cannaceae - Indian shot family

Bailey, L.H. (1949) Manual of Cultivated Plants Revised edition. Macmillan, New York.

Henderson, L. (2001) Alien weeds and invasive plants Plant Protection Research Institute Handbook No. 12. Plant Protection Research Institute, Agricultural Research Council, South Africa.

Description of the family

Rhizomatous herbs with annual stems. Leaves large, spirally arranged, pinnately veined, with a sheathing base. Flowers in terminal bracteate spikes. Sepals free, persistent. Petals 3, shortly connate at base, unobtrusive, 1 smaller. Staminodes 1-4, petaloid, brightly coloured. Stamen 1, petaloid, bearing a half anther laterally. Style also petaloid with an oblique terminal stigma. Ovary inferior, 3-locular. Fruit a capsule.

Worldwide: 1 genus and 8-10 species, tropical and warm America.

Malawi: 1 genus and 1 taxon.

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Other sources of information about Cannaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Mozambique: Cannaceae
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Cannaceae
Flora of Zambia: Cannaceae
Flora of Zambia: cultivated Cannaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Cannaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Cannaceae

External websites:

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


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Malawi: Family page: Cannaceae.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=47, retrieved 14 October 2019

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