Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Malvales

Malvaceae - Hibiscus family

Exell, A.W. (1961) Malvaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2)

Description of the family

Herbs, shrubs or trees, usually with stellate hairs. Stipules present. Leaves alternate, often palmately divided. Flowers bisexual (rarely unisexual [in ours?]), actinomorphic. Epicalyx usually present, sometimes 0. Calyx (3-)5-lobed, truncate or occasionally 5- to 10-toothed. Petals 5, free. Stamens numerous, united in a tube surrounding the style. Anthers 1-thecous. Ovary superior, (1-)2-many-locular. Style often branched at apex. Fruit (in ours) either a dehiscent capsule or a schizocarp (composed of a number of mericarps arranged around a central axis).

Worldwide: 78 genera and 1,670 species, cosmopolitan but especially in the tropics.

Caprivi: 9 genera and 34 taxa.

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GenusContent
Abutilon Mill.Description
Azanza Alef.Description
Gossypium L.Description
Hibiscus L.Description, Image
Kosteletzkya C. PreslDescription, Image
Pavonia Cav.Description
Sida L.Description, Image
Urena L.Description
Wissadula Medik.Description

Other sources of information about Malvaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Malvaceae
Flora of Malawi: Malvaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Malvaceae
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Malvaceae
Flora of Zambia: Malvaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Malvaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Malvaceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Malvaceae
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Caprivi: Family page: Malvaceae.
https://www.capriviflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=131, retrieved 17 July 2018

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