Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Caryophyllales

Polygonaceae - Knotweed family

Graham, R.A. (1958) Polygonaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa

Nogueira, I., Ortiz, S. & Paiva, J.A.R. (2006) Polygonaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(3)

Description of the family

Herbs (mostly, in ours), shrubs, climbers or rarely trees. Stems usually with sheathing stipules (ochreae). Leaves simple, alternate (rarely subopposite). Flowers actinomorphic, bisexual or unisexual. Petals 0. Perianth segments 3-6, sepaloid or petaloid, free or connate, persistent. Ovary superior, 1-locular, with a solitary ovule. Fruit a nut, indehiscent, hard, 3-angled or biconvex, usually enveloped in the perianth. Seeds with abundant endosperm.

Worldwide: 46 genera and 1100 species, ± cosmopolitan, but especially northern temperate.

Mozambique: 1 cultivated genus and 1 cultivated taxon.

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Antigonon Endl.Description

Other sources of information about Polygonaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Polygonaceae
Flora of Caprivi: Polygonaceae
Flora of Malawi: Polygonaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Polygonaceae
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Polygonaceae
Flora of Zambia: Polygonaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Polygonaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Polygonaceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Polygonaceae
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Mozambique: Cultivated plants: Family page: Polygonaceae.
http://www.mozambiqueflora.com/cult/family.php?family_id=181, retrieved 27 February 2017

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