Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Rosales

Rhamnaceae - Buffalo-thorn family

Drummond, R.B. (1966) Rhamnaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2)

Description of the family

Trees, shrubs, suffrutices or lianes; branches sometimes with coiled tendrils (Gouania and Helinus). Stipules present, sometimes spiny. Leaves alternate (sometimes opposite or subopposite) or fasciculate, simple. Flowers bisexual or rarely unisexual, actinomorphic. Sepals (4-)5. Petals (4-)5 or 0. Disk usually present and well-developed. Ovary superior, subinferior or inferior, 2-4-locular. Fruit a drupe, capsule or schizocarp.

Worldwide: 49 genera and 900 species, cosmopolitan, but especially in tropical and warm areas.

Mozambique: 9 genera and 21 taxa.

Gouania longispicata

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

GenusContent
Berchemia Neck. ex DC.Description, Image
Colubrina Rich. ex Brongn.Description
Gouania Jacq.Description, Image
Helinus E. Mey. ex Endl.Description, Image
Lasiodiscus Hook. f.Description, Image
Phylica L.Description
Rhamnus L.Description, Image
Scutia (DC.) Brongn.Description, Image
Ziziphus Mill.Description

Other sources of information about Rhamnaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Rhamnaceae
Flora of Caprivi: Rhamnaceae
Flora of Malawi: Rhamnaceae
Flora of Zambia: Rhamnaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Rhamnaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Rhamnaceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Rhamnaceae
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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: Rhamnaceae.
http://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=195, retrieved 23 November 2017

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