Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Caryophyllales

Nyctaginaceae - Bougainvillea family

Stannard, B.L. (1988) Nyctaginaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(1)

Description of the family

Shrubs, herbs or climbers, sometimes spiny. Stipules 0. Leaves opposite or alternate (Bougainvillea), simple. Inflorescences various. Flowers bisexual or unisexual, actinomorphic. Bracts present, sometimes brightly coloured. Perianth: lower part persistent, usually green, upper part often petal-like and coloured, sometimes caducous. Stamens 1-many. Ovary superior, 1-locular. Fruit indehiscent, usually composed of the persistent accrescent basal part of the perianth enclosing an achene.

Worldwide: 30 genera and 390 species, tropical and warm areas, especially America, a few temperate.

Zambia: 3 genera and 5 taxa.

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GenusContent
Boerhavia L.Description
Commicarpus Standl.Description
Mirabilis L.Description

Other sources of information about Nyctaginaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Nyctaginaceae
Flora of Caprivi: Nyctaginaceae
Flora of Malawi: Nyctaginaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Nyctaginaceae
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Nyctaginaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Nyctaginaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Nyctaginaceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Nyctaginaceae
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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: Nyctaginaceae.
http://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=151, retrieved 24 June 2017

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