Spermatophyta: Monocotyledonae: Zingiberales

Cannaceae - Indian shot family

Bailey, L.H. (1949) Manual of Cultivated Plants Revised edition. Macmillan, New York.

Henderson, L. (2001) Alien weeds and invasive plants Plant Protection Research Institute Handbook No. 12. Plant Protection Research Institute, Agricultural Research Council, South Africa.

Description of the family

Rhizomatous herbs with annual stems. Leaves large, spirally arranged, pinnately veined, with a sheathing base. Flowers in terminal bracteate spikes. Sepals free, persistent. Petals 3, shortly connate at base, unobtrusive, 1 smaller. Staminodes 1-4, petaloid, brightly coloured. Stamen 1, petaloid, bearing a half anther laterally. Style also petaloid with an oblique terminal stigma. Ovary inferior, 3-locular. Fruit a capsule.

Worldwide: 1 genus and 8-10 species, tropical and warm America.

Zambia: 1 genus and 1 taxon.

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Cannaceae
Flora of Malawi: Cannaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Cannaceae
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Cannaceae
Flora of Zambia: cultivated Cannaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Cannaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Cannaceae

External websites:

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

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: Cannaceae.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=47, retrieved 23 February 2024

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