Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Myrtales

Myrtaceae - Myrtle family

White, F. (1978) Myrtaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4

Description of the family

Trees, shrubs or rhizomatous suffrutices. Leaves usually opposite or subopposite, (rarely alternate, ternate or in fours), simple, entire, often coriaceous, generally with translucent dots (though these may be difficult to see on occasions). Stipules 0. Inflorescences axillary or terminal. Flowers mostly bisexual, actinomorphic, ± epigynous. Sepals (0-)4-5, sometimes fused to form an operculum, often gland-dotted. Petals (0-)4-5, often gland-dotted. Stamens numerous. Ovary inferior or semi-inferior with (1-)2-5(-10) loculi. Fruit a berry, drupe or capsule.

Worldwide: 129 genera and 4,620 species in tropical and warm areas and in temperate Australia.

Zambia: 3 genera and 13 taxa.

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GenusContent
Eugenia L.Description
Psidium L.Description
Syzygium Gaertn.Description

Other sources of information about Myrtaceae:

Our websites:

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

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Myrtaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar


Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-17

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2017). Flora of Zambia: Family page: Myrtaceae.
http://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=148, retrieved 20 September 2017

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