Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Caryophyllales

Caryophyllaceae - Chickweed family


Wild, H. (1960-1) Caryophyllaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2)

Description of the family

Annual or perennial herbs. Stipules present (wholly or partly scarious) or 0. Leaves simple, usually opposite and decussate, rarely whorled, entire. Flowers in cymes, usually in dichasia, sometimes in cymose clusters, rarely solitary, usually bisexual, actinomorphic. Sepals 4-5, free or fused. Petals usually 4-5, sometimes 0, often 2-fid, free. Stamens 8-10. Styles 2-5. Ovary superior. Fruit a many-seeded capsule.

Worldwide: 87 genera and 2,300 species, cosmopolitan, but especially temperate and warm northern hemisphere.

Caprivi: 3 genera and 4 taxa.

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Pollichia AitonDescription
Polycarpaea Lam.Description
Polycarpon Loefl. ex L.Description

Other sources of information about Caryophyllaceae:

Our websites:

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

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Caryophyllaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar

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: Caryophyllaceae.
https://www.capriviflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=50, retrieved 21 March 2018

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