Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Malpighiales

Rhizophoraceae - Onionwood family

Torre, A. & Gonçalves, M. L. (1978) Rhizophoraceae Flora Zambesiaca 4

Description of the family

Trees and shrubs. Leaves simple, opposite, rarely whorled, with interpetiolar stipules. Inflorescences axillary, of various types. Flowers bisexual (in ours), actinomorphic. Calyx gamosepalous; lobes 4-5(-7). Petals as many as calyx lobes and alternating with them, free. Stamens twice as many as petals or more. Ovary inferior to superior; style 1 (in ours). Fruit a berry, drupe or (in ours) a capsule. Seeds arillate.

Worldwide: 15 genera and 120 species, mainly Old World tropics.

Mozambique: 4 genera and 9 taxa.

Ceriops tagal

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

Bruguiera Lam.Description
Cassipourea Aubl.Description, Image
Ceriops Arn.Description, Image
Rhizophora L.Description

Other sources of information about Rhizophoraceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Malawi: Rhizophoraceae
Flora of Zambia: Rhizophoraceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Rhizophoraceae

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Rhizophoraceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Rhizophoraceae
Wikipedia: Rhizophoraceae

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Mozambique: Family page: Rhizophoraceae.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=196, retrieved 1 April 2023

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