Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Metachlamydeae

Valerianaceae - Valerian family


Clapham, A.R., Tutin, T.G. & Moore, D.M. (1989) Flora of the British Isles. 3rd edition. Cambridge University Press. Cambridge.

Description of the family

Annual or perennial herbs. Stipules 0. Leaves opposite or basal, entire or pinnately divided. Inflorescence a many-flowered compound cyme. Flowers bisexual or unisexual, usually 5-merous, actinomorphic or zygomorphic. Calyx minute, but may develop in fruit to form a pappus. Corolla tubular or funnel-shaped, usually 5-lobed, sometimes spurred on one side. Ovary inferior. Ovary 3-locular, only 1 fertile. Fruit an achene.

Worldwide: 10 genera and 300 species, ± cosmopolitan, but especially in north temperate zones and the Andes.

Centranthus ruber

Links to cultivated genera: (1)

Centranthus Neck. ex Lam. & DC.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Valerianaceae:

UK Flora: native/naturalised Valerianaceae page
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Valerianaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar

Copyright: Mark Hyde, 2008-18

Hyde, M.A. (2018). UK Flora: Cultivated plants: Family page: Valerianaceae.
http://www.ukflora.info/cult/family.php?family_id=270, retrieved 27 May 2018

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