Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Metachlamydeae: Boraginales

Boraginaceae - Borage family

Martins, E.S. (1990) Boraginaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(4)

Description of the family

Herbs, shrubs or trees, often hispid or scabrid. Stipules 0. Leaves alternate, rarely opposite or subopposite, simple. Inflorescence usually a cyme, which is often scorpioidal, sometimes a panicle or raceme. Flowers bisexual or unisexual, actinomorphic or sometimes zygomorphic. Calyx usually 5-lobed. Corolla 5-lobed. Stamens (or staminodes) as many as corolla lobes. Ovary superior, entire or 4-lobed; 2(-4)-locular. Style 1, terminal or gynobasic. Fruit mostly consisting of 4 nutlets, less often 1 nutlet or a drupe.

Worldwide: 130 genera and 2,300 species, cosmopolitan, but especially common in the Mediterranean area and E Asia.

Caprivi: 3 genera and 12 taxa.

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GenusContent
Cordia L.Description
Ehretia P. BrowneDescription
Heliotropium L.Description

Other sources of information about Boraginaceae:

Our websites:

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

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Boraginaceae
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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: Boraginaceae.
https://www.capriviflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=36, retrieved 19 July 2018

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