Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Myrtales

Melastomataceae - Tibouchina family

Fernandes, R. & A. (1978) Melastomataceae Flora Zambesiaca 4

Description of the family

Trees, shrubs or herbs. Stems square. Stipules 0. Leaves opposite or sometimes whorled, simple, typically with 3-7 prominent sunken veins. Flowers in cymes, bisexual, actinomorphic or zygomorphic as regards the stamens, (3-)4-5(-6)-merous. Sepals present, intersepalar segments also present. Petals as many as sepals. Ovary inferior, 2-many-locular. Style 1. Fruit a many-seeded capsule.

Worldwide: 188 genera and 4,950 species, tropical and warm areas, especially South America.

Zambia: 11 genera and 48 taxa.

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Antherotoma (Naudin) Hook. f.Description
Cincinnobotrys GilgDescription
Dichaetanthera Endl.Description
Dissotis Benth.Description
Heterotis Benth.
Lijndenia Zoll. & Moritzi
Melastomastrum NaudinDescription, Image
Memecylon L.Description
Ochthocharis BlumeDescription
Tristemma Juss.Description
Warneckea GilgDescription

Other sources of information about Melastomataceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Melastomataceae
Flora of Caprivi: Melastomataceae
Flora of Malawi: Melastomataceae
Flora of Mozambique: Melastomataceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Melastomataceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Melastomataceae

External websites:

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

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Family page: Melastomataceae.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=134, retrieved 26 September 2023

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