Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Santalales

Balanophoraceae

Stannard, B.L. (2006) Balanophoraceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(3)

Description of the family

Herbaceous, perennial root-parasites without roots or chlorophyll, arising from underground tubers attached to the roots of the host. Leaves spiral or distichous, scale-like. Flowers unisexual. Male flowers: tepals 3-9; stamens 2 or 3(4). Female flowers: perianth segments 0 or 3; 3- or 4-merous; ovary ± inferior; style present or 0. Fruit a 1-seeded achene.

Worldwide: 18 genera and 44 species, mostly tropical.

Zambia: 2 genera and 2 taxa.

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GenusContent
Sarcophyte Sparrm.Description
Thonningia VahlDescription

Other sources of information about Balanophoraceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Malawi: Balanophoraceae
Flora of Mozambique: Balanophoraceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Balanophoraceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Balanophoraceae
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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: Balanophoraceae.
http://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=29, retrieved 23 July 2017

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