Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Celastrales

Celastraceae - Spike thorn family

Brexiaceae

Robson, N.K.B. (1966) Celastraceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2)

Robson, N.K.B., Hallé, N., Mathew, B. & Blakelock, R. (1994) Celastraceae Flora of Tropical East Africa

Description of the family

Trees, shrubs or woody climbers, sometimes spiny. Stipules present or 0. Leaves simple, alternate, subopposite or opposite, sometimes fasciculate on short shoots, typically glabrous and coriaceous. Flowers bisexual, polygamous or unisexual, actinomorphic, in axillary and/or terminal cymes, panicles or thyrses, sometimes with accessory branches, sometimes fasciculate or solitary. Sepals and petals (3-)4-5(-6). Disk usually present. Ovary 2-5-locular, or 1-locular by abortion. Fruit a loculicidal capsule or composed of mericarps or baccate or drupaceous or dry and indehiscent. Seeds may be arillate or winged.

Worldwide: 88 genera and 1300 species, mainly tropical with some termperate.

Zambia: 9 genera and 33 taxa.

Gymnosporia senegalensis

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

GenusContent
Campylostemon Welw.Description
Catha Forssk. ex Scop.Description, Image
Elaeodendron Jacq.Description, Image
Gymnosporia (Wight & Arn.) Hook. f.Description, Image
Hippocratea L.Description, Image
Maytenus MolinaDescription, Image
Mystroxylon Eckl. & Zeyh.Description, Image
Pleurostylia Wight & Arn.Description, Image
Salacia L.Description

Other sources of information about Celastraceae:

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

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Celastraceae
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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: Celastraceae.
http://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=53, retrieved 25 April 2017

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