Spermatophyta: Monocotyledonae: Poales


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

Cowley, J. (2010) Mayacaceae Flora Zambesiaca 13(2)

Description of the family

Perennial, creeping club-moss like herbs; found in marshes or swamps. Stems densely covered with spirally-arranged, 1-nerved, simple, linear or filiform leaves; margin entire, apically toothed. Inflorescence of solitary, axillary flowers or in a few-flowered umbel. Flowers bisexual, actinomorphic. Perianth of distinct sepals and petals. Sepals free; persistent; green. Petals imbricate, free; pink to white. Stamens alternate with petals. Ovary superior; carpels fused. Fruit a loculicidal capsule.

Worldwide: 1 genus and 6 species from southern USA to Argentina and Africa.

Zambia: 1 genus and 1 taxon.

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External websites:

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

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: Mayacaceae.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=313, retrieved 28 September 2023

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