Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Fabales

Fabaceae subfamily Caesalpinioideae - Legume family


Leguminosae subfam. Caesalpinioideae

Brenan, J.P.M. (1967) Leguminosae Subfamily Caesalpinioideae Flora of Tropical East Africa

Brummitt, R.K., Chikuni, A.C., Lock, J.M. & Polhill, R.M. (2007) Leguminosae Subfamily Caesalpinioideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(2)

Coates Palgrave, K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002) Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa

Högberg, P. & Piearce, G.D., (1986) Mycorrhizas in Zambian trees in relation to host taxonomy, vegetation type and successional patterns Journal of Ecology 74 775-785

Ross, J.H. (1977) Caesalpinioideae Flora of Southern Africa 16(2)

Description of the family

Trees or shrubs, less often climbers or herbs. Leaves usually 1-pinnate, less often simple or 2-pinnate. Inflorescences usually of spikes or panicles of racemes, rarely of spikes or capitate; racemes sometimes condensed to umbel-like fascicles. Flowers usually ± zygomorphic. Sepals usually free, sometimes ± connate. Petals imbricate in bud, usually with the dorsal within and overlapped by the lateral, free or sometimes connate below, usually 5, sometimes reduced to 1 or 0. Stamens usually 10 or fewer (rarely numerous), free or ± connate below. Pods various. Seeds generally without areoles.

Comment: Nowadays combined with the subfamilies Papilionoideae and Mimosoideae into the large family FABACEAE or LEGUMINOSAE. However, as all three are extensive and distinctive groups, it is still preferred to deal with them in separate lists.

Worldwide: 153 genera and 2,175 species, mostly tropical.

Mozambique: 29 genera and 86 taxa.

Afzelia quanzensis

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

Afzelia Sm.Description, Image
Bauhinia L.Description, Image
Berlinia Sol. ex Hook. f.Description, Image
Brachystegia Benth.Description
Burkea Hook.Description
Bussea HarmsDescription
Caesalpinia L.Description, Image
Cassia L.Description
Chamaecrista MoenchDescription
Colophospermum J. LéonardDescription
Cryptosepalum Benth.Description, Image
Dialium L.Description
Erythrophleum Afzel. ex G. DonDescription, Image
Guibourtia Benn.Description
Guilandina L.Description, Image
Hymenaea L.Description, Image
Icuria WieringaDescription, Image
Julbernardia Pellegr.Description
Mezoneuron Desf.Description
Micklethwaitia G.P. Lewis & SchrireDescription
Parkinsonia L.Description
Peltophorum (Vogel) Benth.Description, Image
Piliostigma Hochst.Description, Image
Pterolobium Wight & Arn.Description
Schotia Jacq.Description, Image
Scorodophloeus HarmsDescription
Senna Mill.Description, Image
Tamarindus L.Description, Image
Tylosema Torre & Hillc.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Fabaceae subfamily Caesalpinioideae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Fabaceae subfamily Caesalpinioideae
Flora of Caprivi: Fabaceae subfamily Caesalpinioideae
Flora of Malawi: Fabaceae subfamily Caesalpinioideae
Flora of Malawi: cultivated Fabaceae subfamily Caesalpinioideae
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Fabaceae subfamily Caesalpinioideae
Flora of Zambia: Fabaceae subfamily Caesalpinioideae
Flora of Zambia: cultivated Fabaceae subfamily Caesalpinioideae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Fabaceae subfamily Caesalpinioideae
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Fabaceae subfamily Caesalpinioideae

External websites:

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

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: Fabaceae subfamily Caesalpinioideae.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=43, retrieved 1 April 2023

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