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.

Botswana: 10 genera and 56 taxa.

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Abutilon Mill.Description
Azanza Alef.Description
Cienfuegosia Cav.Description
Gossypium L.Description
Hibiscus L.Description
Kosteletzkya C. PreslDescription, Image
Malvastrum A. GrayDescription
Pavonia Cav.Description, Image
Sida L.Description, Image
Wissadula Medik.Description

Other sources of information about Malvaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Caprivi: 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:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Malvaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Malvaceae
Wikipedia: Malvaceae

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-20

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Botswana: Family page: Malvaceae.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=131, retrieved 22 January 2020

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