Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Caryophyllales

Caryophyllaceae - Chickweed family

Illecebraceae

Wild, H. (1960-1) Caryophyllaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2)

Description of the family

Annual or perennial herbs. Stipules present (wholly or partly scarious) or 0. Leaves simple, usually opposite and decussate, rarely whorled, entire. Flowers in cymes, usually in dichasia, sometimes in cymose clusters, rarely solitary, usually bisexual, actinomorphic. Sepals 4-5, free or fused. Petals usually 4-5, sometimes 0, often 2-fid, free. Stamens 8-10. Styles 2-5. Ovary superior. Fruit a many-seeded capsule.

Worldwide: 87 genera and 2,300 species, cosmopolitan, but especially temperate and warm northern hemisphere.

Zambia: 7 genera and 10 taxa.

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Links to genera:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this family

GenusContent
Dianthus L.Description
Drymaria Willd. ex Schult.Description
Pollichia AitonDescription, Image
Polycarpaea Lam.Description
Polycarpon Loefl. ex L.Description
Silene L.Description
Stellaria L.Description

Other sources of information about Caryophyllaceae:

Our websites:

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

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Caryophyllaceae
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: Caryophyllaceae.
http://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=50, retrieved 27 June 2017

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