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  1. Dioncophyllaceae Airy Shaw

    1. This family is accepted.


Dioncophyllaceae, Hutchinson and Dalziel. Flora of West Tropical Africa 1:1. 1954

Scandent shrubs or lianes
Leaves simple, alternate, exstipulate, elongate, with numerous close parallel nerves, sometimes hooked at the apex, or some leaves very narrow and linear bearing stalked glands
Inflorescences cymose, more or less supra-axillary
Flowers hermaphrodite, actinomorphic
Sepals 5, free or connate at the base in a short tube, valvate
Petals 5, free, contorted, caducous
Disk absent
Stamens hypogynous, 10 or 25–30, free or slightly connate, straight; anthers 2-celled, elongate-linear or shortly ellipsoid
Ovary superior, unilocular, of 2–5 carpels, early loculicidally dehiscent, each valve with a median parietal placenta; ovules anatropous, few; styles 2–5, free or subconnate at the base, filiform or plumose-laciniate
Fruits capsular, but opening when very young, with 2–5 open spreading valves
Seeds few, large, disciform, broadly winged, with a stout peltately attached funicle articulated at apex, hanging from the open valves of the fruit; seeds developing in the open from a very early stage; embryo large, discoid-obconical, axile; radicle very short, opposite the hilum; endosperm copious, cap-shaped, surrounding most of the embryo


Accepted Genera

Other Data

Dioncophyllaceae Airy Shaw appears in other Kew resources:


First published in Kew Bull. 6(3): 333. 1952 [1951 publ. 26 Jan 1952] (1952)

Accepted by

  • APG IV (2016)


Flora of West Tropical Africa
Flora of West Tropical Africa

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