Spermatophyta: Monocotyledonae: Commelinales

Commelinaceae - Spiderwort family

Obermeyer, A.A. & Faden, R.B. (1985) Commelinaceae Flora of Southern Africa 4(2)

Description of the family

Annual or perennial herbs, often succulent. Leaves alternate with a basal sheath enclosing the stem, often ciliate at the mouth. Inflorescences composed of cymes which may be few or numerous and aggregated into thyrses; sometimes subtended by or enclosed in spathes. Flowers actinomorphic or zygomorphic, bisexual or male, occasionally cleistogamous. Sepals 3. Petals 3, free or united, deliquescent, conspicuous, usually brightly coloured, often blue or yellow. Stamens 6, in 2 whorls; in some genera 1-4 modified into staminodes or suppressed. Style unbranched. Ovary superior, 2-3-locular. Fruit a 2-3-valved capsule, rarely indehiscent.

Worldwide: 39 genera and 640 species, occurring in tropical to subtemperate areas.

Mozambique: 10 genera and 39 taxa.

Aneilema hockii

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

GenusContent
Aneilema R. Br.Description, Image
Anthericopsis Engl.Image
Coleotrype C.B.ClarkeDescription, Image
Commelina L.Description, Image
Cyanotis D. DonDescription, Image
Floscopa Lour.Description, Image
Murdannia RoyleDescription, Image
Pollia Thunb.Description, Image
Tradescantia L.Description
Triceratella BrenanDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Commelinaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Commelinaceae
Flora of Caprivi: Commelinaceae
Flora of Malawi: Commelinaceae
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Commelinaceae
Flora of Zambia: Commelinaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Commelinaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Commelinaceae

External websites:

Google: Web - Images - ScholarGRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Commelinaceae



Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Mozambique: Family page: Commelinaceae.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=60, retrieved 26 April 2018

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