Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Fabales



Leistner, O.A. (2005) Seed plants of southern tropical Africa: families and genera SABONET Report No. 26 SABONET, Pretoria

Wild, H. & Phipps, J.B. (1963) Simaroubaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(1)

Description of the family

Coastal shrubs, much-branched, with conspicuous leaf scars on older stems. Leaves sessile or with a short petiole, alternate, crowded, simple, oblanceolate, thick, venation ± invisible; margin entire, revolute. Flowers bisexual, actinomorphic, solitary or in few-flowered cymes, scarcely exceeding the leaves. Calyx deeply 5-lobed. Petals 5, free, imbricate. Stamens 10 in 2 whorls. Ovary superior, consisting of 5 free densely pilose carpels. Fruits dry, 1-seeded, capable of floating.

Comment: In FZ, Suriana maritima was included in the family Simaroubaceae, but is now regarded as belonging to a separate family, Surianaceae.

Worldwide: 5 species in 4 genera, pantropical and in warm regions, 3 endemic in Australia; Suriana is the only genus and S. maritima the only species in southern tropical Africa.

Mozambique: 1 genus and 1 taxon.

Suriana maritima

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Suriana L.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Surianaceae:

External websites:

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

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: Surianaceae.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=284, retrieved 8 December 2023

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