Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Ericales

Lecythidaceae - Brazil-nut family


Bailey, L.H. & Bailey, E.Z. (1976) Hortus Third. A concise Dictionary of Plants Cultivated in the United States and Canada Macmillan Publishing Co, Inc., New York

Fernandes, A. (1978) Barringtoniaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4

Mori, S. A. & Prance, G. T. (2006 onwards) The Lecythidaceae Pages (http://sweetgum.nybg.org/lp/index.html). The New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, New York.

Walters, S.M. et al. (eds) (2000) The European Garden Flora. Vol. VI. Dicotyledons (Part IV). Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

Description of the family

Trees or shrubs. Stipules 0 or caducous. Leaves simple, alternate or clustered at branch apices. Flowers actinomorphic or zygomorphic, solitary or in spikes, clusters or racemes. Sepals usually 4-6. Petals usually 4-6, ± free. Stamens many in several whorls, often arranged on one side of the flower. Ovary inferior, 2-6-locular. Fruit a berry or woody capsule, indehiscent or dehiscent by a lid (circumscissile).

Worldwide: 20 genera and 285 species in the tropics, mainly South American rain forests; 2 species occurring naturally in the Flora Zambesiaca region, but not in Zimbabwe.

Mozambique: 1 cultivated genus and 1 cultivated taxon.

Couroupita guianensis

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

Couroupita Aubl.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Lecythidaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Mozambique: Lecythidaceae
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Lecythidaceae
Flora of Zambia: Lecythidaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Lecythidaceae

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Lecythidaceae
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Lecythidaceae
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Lecythidaceae
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Lecythidaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Lecythidaceae
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Lecythidaceae
JSTOR Plant Science: Lecythidaceae
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Lecythidaceae
Wikipedia: Lecythidaceae
Plants of the World Online: Lecythidaceae
Tropicos: Lecythidaceae

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Cultivated plants: Family page: Lecythidaceae.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/cult/family.php?family_id=262, retrieved 19 May 2024

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