Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Santalales

Santalaceae - Sandalwood family

Viscaceae

Hilliard, O.M. (2006) Santalaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(3)

Description of the family

Trees, shrubs or herbs, sometimes parasitic or hemiparasitic. Stipules 0. Leaves alternate, rarely opposite, entire, simple, sometimes reduced to scales. Flowers small, greenish or white, bisexual or unisexual, actinomorphic. Perianth of 1 whorl with 3-5 lobes. Stamens as many as perianth lobes. Ovary inferior or half-inferior, 1-locular. Stigma terminal, capitate or 5-lobed. Fruit indehiscent, dry or fleshy. Seed 1.

Comment: According to APG III this family now includes the genera previously in Viscaceae.

Worldwide: 43 genera and about 1000 species, ± cosmopolitan, especially tropical and warm dry zones.

Zambia: 4 genera and 33 taxa.

Osyridicarpos schimperianus

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

GenusContent
Osyridicarpos A.DC.Description
Osyris L.Description, Image
Thesium L.Description
Viscum L.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Santalaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Santalaceae
Flora of Malawi: Santalaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Santalaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Santalaceae

External websites:

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


Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-19

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2019). Flora of Zambia: Family page: Santalaceae.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=203, retrieved 17 October 2019

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