Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Rosales

Cannabaceae - Dagga family

Wilmot-Dear, C.M. (1991) Ulmaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(6)

Wilmot-Dear, C.M. (1991) Cannabaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(6)

Description of the family

Trees, shrubs, erect or climbing herbs, mostly monoecious or dioecious, with or without spines. Latex absent. Stipules paired, caducous. Leaves alternate or rarely opposite, simple, often asymmetrical, usually 3-nerved at base or digitately 3-7(-11)-foliolate, the leaflets with a serrate margin. Flowers in small axillary cymes or clusters or solitary, unisexual or (rarely) bisexual. Sepals 4-5(-8), free or shortly united, persistent. Petals 0. Stamens 4-8, rarely more, free, opposite the perianth lobes. Ovary superior, 1-2-locular; ovules solitary, pendulous; styles 2, terminal, divergent. Fruit dry or thinly fleshy.

Comment: The most recent classification states that native genera in our region formerly placed in the family Ulmaceae now belong here.

Worldwide: 2 genera and 4 species, northern temperate regions to SE Asia.

Zambia: 4 genera and 5 taxa.

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Cannabis L.Description
Celtis L.Description
Chaetachme Planch.Description
Trema Lour.Description

Other sources of information about Cannabaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Cannabaceae
Flora of Caprivi: Cannabaceae
Flora of Malawi: Cannabaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Cannabaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Cannabaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Cannabaceae

External websites:

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

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: Cannabaceae.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=46, retrieved 27 January 2023

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