Rafflesiaceae Dumort.

This family is accepted.


Rafflesiaceae, B.L. Stannard. Flora Zambesiaca 9:2. 1997

Morphology General Habit
Parasitic plants on roots and branches of various hosts, thalloid, or vegetatively reduced to an almost mycelial endophytic system with only the flowers emerging from the host tissue, achlorophyllous, monoecious, dioecious, or rarely the flowers of one plant bisexual
Morphology Leaves
Leaves absent (or reduced to scales subtending the flowers)
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers very small to very large, solitary (rarely in spikes), subtended by bracts, actinomorphic
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Perianth
Perianth ± epigynous, sometimes fleshy; perianth segments (tepals)3–12, free or basally connate, imbricate or valvate, 1–2-seriate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium
Stamens 8–many usually fused, in 1–3 series around a fleshy central column; disk sometimes present; anthers sessile, dehiscing by slits or terminal pores
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium
Style 1 or absent Ovary ± inferior, unilocular; ovules numerous, pendulous from apex of loculus or with parietal placentation Stigma discoid, capitate or many-lobed
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit a berry
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds minute, numerous, albuminous

Rafflesiaceae Dumort. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Anal. Fam. Pl. 13 (-14). 1829 (1829)

Accepted by

  • APG IV (2016) http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/boj.12385

  • Flora Zambesiaca

    Flora Zambesiaca

  • Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone

    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2022. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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