Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Rosales

Rhamnaceae - Buffalo-thorn family

Drummond, R.B. (1966) Rhamnaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2)

Description of the family

Trees, shrubs, suffrutices or lianes; branches sometimes with coiled tendrils (Gouania and Helinus). Stipules present, sometimes spiny. Leaves alternate (sometimes opposite or subopposite) or fasciculate, simple. Flowers bisexual or rarely unisexual, actinomorphic. Sepals (4-)5. Petals (4-)5 or 0. Disk usually present and well-developed. Ovary superior, subinferior or inferior, 2-4-locular. Fruit a drupe, capsule or schizocarp.

Worldwide: 49 genera and 900 species, cosmopolitan, but especially in tropical and warm areas.

Caprivi: 3 genera and 3 taxa.

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Berchemia Neck. ex DC.Description, Image
Helinus E. Mey. ex Endl.Description, Image
Ziziphus Mill.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Rhamnaceae:

Our websites:

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

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Rhamnaceae
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Rhamnaceae
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Rhamnaceae
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Rhamnaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Rhamnaceae
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Rhamnaceae
JSTOR Plant Science: Rhamnaceae
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Rhamnaceae
Wikipedia: Rhamnaceae
Plants of the World Online: Rhamnaceae
Tropicos: Rhamnaceae



Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Caprivi: Family page: Rhamnaceae.
https://www.capriviflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=195, retrieved 16 July 2024

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