Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Fagales
- Beech family
Description of the family
Monoecious trees and shrubs. Stipules present, caducous. Leaves alternate, simple. Flowers of both sexes with perianth segments. Male flowers in catkins or pendent tassel-like heads; perianth 4-6-lobed; stamens usually twice as many as perianth lobes. Female flowers in groups of 1 or 3, in spikes or at the base of the male inflorescence; each group surrounded at the base by an involucre of scales; perianth 4-6-lobed; ovary 3- or 6-locular; ovules 2 per loculus; styles 3 or 6. Fruit a 1-seeded nut, in clusters of 1-3, enclosed by an accrescent spiny or scaly cupule.
Worldwide: 8 genera and 700 species, cosmopolitan apart from tropical and South Africa
Zimbabwe: 2 cultivated genera and 9 cultivated taxa.
Other sources of information about Fagaceae:
Our websites:Flora of Mozambique
: cultivated FagaceaeFlora of Zambia
: cultivated FagaceaeFlora of Zimbabwe
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Fagaceae
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M.
. Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: Family page: Fagaceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/family.php?family_id=255, retrieved 30 March 2017