Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Metachlamydeae: Dipsacales

Dipsacaceae - Scabious family

Cannon, M.J. & J.F.M. (1983) Dipsacaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(1)

Description of the family

Herbs. Leaves opposite, without stipules, entire to pinnatifid, often variable on the same plant. Inflorescence usually capitate on a long peduncle, each head surrounded by involucral bracts. Receptacular scales present (in ours). Flowers bisexual, zygomorphic, epigynous, each subtended at its base by an epicalyx (involucel) of united bracteoles. Calyx cup-shaped, sometimes with long spreading bristles. Corolla 4-5-lobed. Stamens exserted, 4 (in ours), anthers free. Ovary inferior, with 1 ovule. Fruit an achene enclosed in the involucel.

Worldwide: 11 genera and 290 species, Eurasia and Africa and especially in the Mediterranean region.

Zambia: 2 genera and 5 taxa.

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GenusContent
Cephalaria Schrad. ex Roem. & Schult.Description
Scabiosa L.Description

Other sources of information about Dipsacaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Dipsacaceae
Flora of Malawi: Dipsacaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Dipsacaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Dipsacaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Dipsacaceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Dipsacaceae
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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: Dipsacaceae.
http://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=74, retrieved 25 May 2017

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