Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Ericales

Balsaminaceae - Busy-Lizzie family

Launert, E. (1963) Balsaminaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(1)

Description of the family

Herbs, sometimes shrubby, with often succulent stems. Leaves alternate, opposite or whorled, simple. Inflorescences axillary, less often terminal or solitary. Flowers bisexual, zygomorphic. Sepals 3(5), the posterior large, petaloid and nearly always spurred, the lateral small. Petals 5, the anterior one always large, flat or helmet-shaped; the 4 lower ones usually connate in pairs, usually deeply 2-lobed. Stamens 5. Ovary superior, 5-locular. Fruit a capsule.

Worldwide: 2 genera and 850 species, Old World tropical with few temperate species.

Zambia: 1 genus and 9 taxa.

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Other sources of information about Balsaminaceae:

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Balsaminaceae
Flora of Malawi: Balsaminaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Balsaminaceae
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Balsaminaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Balsaminaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Balsaminaceae

External websites:

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



Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Family page: Balsaminaceae.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=30, retrieved 18 July 2024

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