Malvaceae

Belongs within: Malvales.Contains: Rulingia, Malacothamnus, Sidalcea, Sida, Sphaeralcea, Bombacoideae, Malvoideae, Sterculioideae, Tilioideae, Dombeyoideae, Helicteroideae, Corchorus, Triumfetta, Grewia, Hermannia, Lasiopetalum. The Malvaceae as used here in the broad sense is an assemblage of plants previously divided between the families Malvaceae, Bombacaceae, Sterculiaceae and Tiliaceae; polyphyly of the latter three families has lead to their inclusion in… Continue reading Malvaceae

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Pimelea

Belongs within: Thymelaeaceae. Pimelea, the riceflowers, is a genus of herbs, shrubs and small trees found in Australia and New Zealand. At least some species are known to be toxic to livestock and it is possible that all are (Harden 1990). The southeastern Australian P. axiflora is distinguished by its axillary rather than terminal inflorescences… Continue reading Pimelea

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Sterculioideae

Belongs within: Malvaceae. The Sterculioideae are a pantropical group of trees and shrubs with apetalous flowers. They were defined by Baum et al. (1998) as a node-based clade including Brachychiton paradoxum, Cola acuminata, Heritiera littoralis and Sterculia foetida. Sterculia species produce leathery (occasionally woody), dehiscent seed pods; the seeds of some species are edible. Dried… Continue reading Sterculioideae

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Tilioideae

Belongs within: Malvaceae. The Tilioideae are a group of trees and shrubs from northern temperate regions and Central America. They have a fossil record extending to the Cretaceous with the earliest representatives being the fruit Etheridgea subglobosa and the leaf Tiliaephyllum dubium (Collinson et al. 1993). Species of the genus Tilia, the limes or linden… Continue reading Tilioideae

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Grewia

Belongs within: Malvaceae. Grewia is a genus of trees and shrubs found in the Old World tropics. Fruit are divided into lobes, with the vernacular name ‘crossberry’ applied to G. occidentalis referring to the arrangement of lobes. Characters (from Harden 1990): Trees or shrubs, stellate-tomentose. Leaves alternate, entire or toothed; stipules shed early. Flowers in… Continue reading Grewia

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Sida

Belongs within: Malvaceae. Sida is a widespread genus of herbs and shrubs found in warmer regions of the world. They produce yellow or orange, bisexual flowers that develop into schizocarp fruits with hard, often indehiscent mericarps (Harden 1990). Arrowleaf sida S. rhombifolia has historically been used as a source of fibre for cordage. Characters (from… Continue reading Sida

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Dipterocarpaceae

Belongs within: Malvales. The Dipterocarpaceae are a pantropical family of forest trees, many of which are dominant in lowland rain forests. They may be divided between the subfamilies Dipterocarpoideae, found in southern Asia and Australasia, and Monotoideae, found in Africa and South America. Some species in Asia are economically significant hardwood sources. Members of the… Continue reading Dipterocarpaceae

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Sidalcea

Belongs within: Malvaceae. Sidalcea, the checker mallows, is a genus of herbs and subshrubs found in western North America. Checker mallows Published 23 October 2016 Regular readers may have noticed that it’s been a bit quiet around here lately. The last few weeks at chez Christopher have been… hectic. I have been writing posts but… Continue reading Sidalcea

Malveae

Belongs within: Eumalvoideae.Contains: Abutilon. The Malveae are a group of malvaceous plants in which the staminal column bears anthers at the top, and the carpels are closely united in a ring around a central axis from which they fall away when ripe (Cheeseman 2006). <==MalveaeBS04 `–MalvinaeU16 |–Malva [incl. Lavatera]BGS05 | |–*M. sylvestris Linnaeus 1753BGS05, CD07… Continue reading Malveae

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Gossypium

Belongs within: Eumalvoideae. Gossypium, cotton bushes, is a pantropical genus of shrubs that commonly bear hairy seeds. A number of species are widely cultivated as a source of fibre. The wool plants Published 22 May 2013 Medieval legend in Europe spoke of a strange animal that could supposedly be found far off in central Asia:… Continue reading Gossypium