Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Santalales

Santalaceae - Sandalwood family

Viscaceae

Hilliard, O.M. (2006) Santalaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(3)

Description of the family

Trees, shrubs or herbs, sometimes parasitic or hemiparasitic. Stipules 0. Leaves alternate, rarely opposite, entire, simple, sometimes reduced to scales. Flowers small, greenish or white, bisexual or unisexual, actinomorphic. Perianth of 1 whorl with 3-5 lobes. Stamens as many as perianth lobes. Ovary inferior or half-inferior, 1-locular. Stigma terminal, capitate or 5-lobed. Fruit indehiscent, dry or fleshy. Seed 1.

Comment: According to APG III this family now includes the genera previously in Viscaceae.

Worldwide: 43 genera and about 1000 species, ± cosmopolitan, especially tropical and warm dry zones.

Botswana: 3 genera and 10 taxa.

Osyris lanceolata

Links to genera:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this family

GenusContent
Osyris L.Description, Image
Thesium L.Description
Viscum L.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Santalaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Santalaceae
Flora of Malawi: Santalaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Santalaceae
Flora of Zambia: Santalaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Santalaceae

External websites:

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



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 Botswana: Family page: Santalaceae.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=203, retrieved 25 May 2024

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