Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Sapindales

Meliaceae - Mahogany family

Styles, B.T. & White, F. (1991) Meliaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa

White, F. & Styles, B.T. (1963) Meliaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(1)

Description of the family

Trees or shrubs. Stipules 0. Leaves (in ours) alternate, simple (Turraea) or compound. Flowers bisexual or unisexual, but well-developed sterile vestiges of the non-functional sex may be present, actinomorphic, mostly 4-5-merous. Sepals 4-6, connate to ± free. Petals usually 4-5, free. Disk present. Stamens (5-)8-10(-20), usually partly or completely fused to form a staminal tube and usually bearing appendages. Ovary superior, (2-)4-5(-20)-locular. Style 1. Fruit a capsule or drupe. Seeds usually with an aril, winged or with a corky or woody outer covering.

Worldwide: 51 genera and 565 species mostly tropical with a few subtropical.

Mozambique: 10 genera and 18 taxa.

Trichilia emetica subsp. emetica

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

GenusContent
Ekebergia Sparrm.Description
Entandrophragma C. DC.Description
Khaya A. Juss.Description
Lovoa HarmsDescription
Melia L.Description
Pseudobersama Verdc.Description, Image
Toona (Endl.) M. Roem.Description
Trichilia P. BrowneDescription, Image
Turraea L.Description
Xylocarpus J. KönigDescription

Other sources of information about Meliaceae:

Our websites:

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

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Meliaceae
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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: Family page: Meliaceae.
http://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=135, retrieved 23 September 2017

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