Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Caryophyllales


Gonçalves, M.L. (1978) Molluginaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4

Description of the family

Annual or perennial herbs, usually ± succulent. Stipules present or 0. Leaves alternate, opposite or whorled, simple. Inflorescences solitary, cymose, loosely dichasial, in the form of an umbel or cluster. Flowers bisexual, ± actinomorphic. Perianth segments 5, free, persistent. Staminodes often present, sometimes petaloid. Stamens 3-many. Ovary superior, of united carpels; ovules 1, few or many. Fruit an achene, mericarp or loculicidal capsule.

Worldwide: 13 genera and 130 species, in tropical and warm areas, especially South Africa.

Zambia: 5 genera and 14 taxa.

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Corrigiola L.Description
Glinus L.Description
Limeum L.Description
Mollugo L.Description
Psammotropha Eckl. & Zeyh.Description

Other sources of information about Molluginaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Molluginaceae
Flora of Caprivi: Molluginaceae
Flora of Malawi: Molluginaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Molluginaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Molluginaceae

External websites:

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

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: Molluginaceae.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=140, retrieved 9 February 2023

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