Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Caryophyllales

Didiereaceae

Description of the family

Succulent to woody trees or shrubs, rarely climbing. Often xerophytes with spines; stems often with dimorphic shoots, long shoots succulent when young, woody when older, short shoots with spines and/or small leaves. Leaves often deciduous, simple, opposite or alternate; margins entire; stipules absent. Inflorescences terminal cymes or panicles. Flowers small, rarely large and showy, actinomorphic; bracteoles free, sometimes petaloid, persistent. Ovary superior, rarely part inferior; carpels fused; placentation basal. Fruit a dry and indehiscent achene, with persistent bracteoles.

This family traditionally consisted of Madagascan endemics, but in APG 3 it has been revised to include certain other genera from eastern and southern Africa, for example, Portulacaria. For the time being, we have retained the former scope of the family.

Worldwide: Genera: 4. Species: 11, occurring in Madagascar.

Zimbabwe: 1 cultivated genus and 1 cultivated taxon.

No image yet

Links to cultivated genera:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this family

GenusContent
Alluaudia DrakeDescription

Other sources of information about Didiereaceae:

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Didiereaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: Family page: Didiereaceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/family.php?family_id=318, retrieved 28 June 2017

Site software last modified: 26 December 2016 8:32pm (GMT +2)
Terms of use