Spermatophyta: Monocotyledonae: Poales

Restionaceae - Cape reed family

Leistner, O.A. (ed.) (2000) Seed plants of southern Africa: families and genera Strelitzia 10

Description of the family

Perennial, usually dioecious, rush- or sedge-like herbs. Rootstock tufted or rhizomatous, bearing dense scaly sheaths. Culms usually bearing a convolute leaf sheath; ligule usually 0. Inflorescence a spike, raceme or panicle, often different in male and female plants. Spikelets subtended by a sheath. Flowers usually unisexual. Perianth of 6 segments in 2 whorls. Male flowers: stamens 3; anthers 1-thecous. Female flowers: staminodes 0-3; ovary superior, 1-3-locular with 1 ovule per loculus; styles 1-3. Fruit a capsule or nutlet.

Worldwide: 41 genera and 420 species, mainly southern hemisphere and especially Australia and South Africa but with one species in Vietnam.

Mozambique: 1 genus and 2 taxa.

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Platycaulos H.P. LinderDescription

Other sources of information about Restionaceae:

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Flora of Malawi: Restionaceae
Flora of Zambia: Restionaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Restionaceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Restionaceae
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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: Restionaceae.
http://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=194, retrieved 21 November 2017

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