Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Malpighiales


Byng, J.W. (2014) The Flowering Plants Handbook Plant Gateway Limited, Hertford, UK

Description of the family

Dioecious trees or shrubs. Leaves simple, alternate (in ours); leaf base often asymmetrical; margins entire or toothed; sometimes aromatic (mustard or peppery odour); stipules small. Inflorescence axillary fascicles or solitary flowers, sometimes cauliflorous in Drypetes. Flowers unisexual; actinomorphic. Perianth 1-whorled imbricate, often unequal. Ovary superior; carpels fused. Fruit a green to brown drupe, sometimes with stellate hairs.

Comment: This small family until recently formed the tribe Drypeteae of the subfamily Phyllanthoideae in Euphorbiaceae sensu lato.

Worldwide: 3 genera and c. 215 species in Southeast Asia and Africa.

Zambia: 1 genus and 3 taxa.

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Drypetes VahlDescription

Other sources of information about Putranjivaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Malawi: Putranjivaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Putranjivaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Putranjivaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Putranjivaceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Putranjivaceae
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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-18

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2018). Flora of Zambia: Family page: Putranjivaceae.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=296, retrieved 20 March 2018

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