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Family Profile

Capparaceae

Family Description

A family of about 45 genera and 700-800 species, pantropic but with a few species extending into the temperate regions; five genera occur naturally in Australia.

Genera

Cadaba - A genus of about 30 species in Africa, Madagascar, Asia, Malesia and Australia; one species occurs naturally in Australia. Hewson (1982).

Capparis - A genus of about 250 species, pantropic; about 17-20 species occur naturally in Australia. Hewson (1982); Jacobs (1960, 1965).

Cleome - A genus of about 150 species, pantropic but also extending into the subtropics; ten species occur naturally in Australia. Hewson (1982).

Crateva - A genus of eight species, pantropic; one species occurs naturally in Australia. Hewson (1982); Jacobs (1960, 1964).

References

Hewson, H. J. (1982). Capparaceae. In 'Flora of Australia.' Vol. 8, (Australian Government Publishing Service: Canberra.), pp. 207-231.

Jacobs, M. (1960). Capparidaceae. In 'Flora Malesiana.' Ser. 1, Vol. 6, (P. Noordhoff: Groningen.), pp. 61-105.

Jacobs, M. (1964). The genus Crateva (Capparaceae). Blumea 12:177-384.

Jacobs, M. (1965). The genus Capparis from the Indus to the Pacific. Blumea 12:385-541.