Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Malvales

Bombacaceae - Baobab family

Bailey, L.H. & Bailey, E.Z. (1976) Hortus Third. A concise Dictionary of Plants Cultivated in the United States and Canada Macmillan Publishing Co, Inc., New York

Wild, H. (1961) Bombacaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2)

Description of the family

The following description refers to Adansonia only. Tree, with an extraordinary swollen trunk. Stipules present, deciduous. Leaves alternate, simple (in young trees) or digitate (in older trees). Flowers large and showy, pendulous, solitary in leaf axils, bisexual, actinomorphic. Pedicels with 2 bracteoles. Calyx deeply 5-lobed (in ours), often with an epicalyx. Petals 5, free. Stamens numerous, united into a tube below (in ours); anthers 1-thecous. Ovary superior, 5-10-locular (in ours). Fruit woody, indehiscent (in ours).

Worldwide: 26 genera and 250 species, tropical, especially America.

Zambia: 2 genera and 2 taxa.

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GenusContent
Adansonia L.Description
Ceiba Mill.Description

Other sources of information about Bombacaceae:

Our websites:

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

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Bombacaceae
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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: Bombacaceae.
http://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=35, retrieved 30 May 2017

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