Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Metachlamydeae: Dipsacales

Dipsacaceae - Scabious family

Cannon, M.J. & J.F.M. (1983) Dipsacaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(1)

Description of the family

Herbs. Leaves opposite, without stipules, entire to pinnatifid, often variable on the same plant. Inflorescence usually capitate on a long peduncle, each head surrounded by involucral bracts. Receptacular scales present (in ours). Flowers bisexual, zygomorphic, epigynous, each subtended at its base by an epicalyx (involucel) of united bracteoles. Calyx cup-shaped, sometimes with long spreading bristles. Corolla 4-5-lobed. Stamens exserted, 4 (in ours), anthers free. Ovary inferior, with 1 ovule. Fruit an achene enclosed in the involucel.

Worldwide: 11 genera and 290 species, Eurasia and Africa and especially in the Mediterranean region.

Botswana: 1 genus and 1 taxon.

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Scabiosa L.Description

Other sources of information about Dipsacaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Malawi: Dipsacaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Dipsacaceae
Flora of Zambia: Dipsacaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Dipsacaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Dipsacaceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Dipsacaceae
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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 Botswana: Family page: Dipsacaceae.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=74, retrieved 24 March 2018

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