Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Caryophyllales

Phytolaccaceae - Pokeweed family

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

Description of the family

Trees, shrubs or herbs, sometimes scrambling, usually glabrous and slightly succulent. Stipules 0 (in ours). Leaves simple, alternate, ± entire. Inflorescence a spike or panicle. Sepals 4-5. Petals 0. Stamens 4-many, 1-2-seriate, often on a fleshy disk. Ovary usually superior. Fruits of 1-many, free or connate carpels, fleshy or dry.

Worldwide: 18 genera and 65 species, tropical and warm areas, especially America.

Zambia: 3 genera and 3 taxa.

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GenusContent
Lophiocarpus Turcz.Description
Phytolacca L.Description
Rivina L.Description

Other sources of information about Phytolaccaceae:

Our websites:

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

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Phytolaccaceae
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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: Phytolaccaceae.
http://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=171, retrieved 30 May 2017

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