Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Metachlamydeae: Ericales

Ebenaceae - Ebony family

White, F. (1983) Ebenaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(1)

Description of the family

Trees, shrubs or suffrutices. Stipules 0. Leaves simple, usually alternate (sometimes opposite, subopposite or whorled in some spp. of Euclea) and entire. Flowers actinomorphic, hypogynous, unisexual but usually with the rudiments of the other sex present, 3-8-merous. Calyx gamosepalous, persistent in fruit, in Diospyros usually accrescent. Corolla gamopetalous. Stamens 3-100 or more. Ovary with 2-8 carpels, each carpel with 2 ovules. Fruit usually a berry.

Worldwide: 2 genera and 485 species, mostly tropical and warm areas with a few temperate species.

Malawi: 2 genera and 19 taxa.

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GenusContent
Diospyros L.Description
Euclea L.Description

Other sources of information about Ebenaceae:

Our websites:

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

External websites:

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



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: Ebenaceae.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=79, retrieved 15 April 2024

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