Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Metachlamydeae
- Sesame family
Ihlenfeldt, H.-D. (1988)
Pedaliaceae FZ 8(3)
Description of the family
Spiny shrub or small tree
(Sesamothamnus) or, more usually, annual or perennial herbs. Leaves opposite or subopposite (upper sometimes alternate) or fasciculate in the axils of spines (Sesamothamnus). Stipules 0. Flowers usually solitary in axils, bisexual, zygomorphic. Pedicels generally with nectar glands (extra-floral nectaries)
originating from reduced flowers at the base, these appearing as shiny ± raised circular bodies. Calyx 5-partite. Corolla ± 2-lipped, 5-lobed, joined into a tube. Stamens 4, sometimes with an additional staminode. Ovary superior, usually 2-locular. Fruit often with horns, spines or wings.
Worldwide: 17 genera and 85 species in tropical and warm areas.
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Other sources of information about Pedaliaceae:Flora of Zimbabwe
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Pedaliaceae
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Stefaan Dondeyne 2007-13
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Dondeyne, S.
. Flora of Mozambique: Family page: Pedaliaceae.
http://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=168, retrieved 23 May 2013