Borage family (Boraginaceae)

Borage family plants characteristics

Borago officinalis

Photo of Borago officinalis L, a boraginaceae used as food and medicinal plant

The Borage family –boraginaceae– comprises about 2000 species scattered all around the world. They are mainly herbs and shrubs.

BORAGE FAMILY

Leaves (1): alternate, undivided with no stipules.
Stems (2): covered with rough hairs.
Flowers:

In cymes

Calyx (3): 5 sepals

BORAGE FAMILY

Symphytum asperrimum

Corolla (4): 5 petals, bell or funnel -shaped..
Stamens: 5 united to the corolla tube.
Ovary: superior

Style (5): 1

Fruit: Tetra-achene

Genera

The most important are the following:

ALKANNA

AMSINCKIA

ANCHUSA

ASPERUGO

BORAGO

BUGLOSOIDES

CERINTHE

CYNOGLOSSUM

ECHIUM

ELIZALDIA

HELIOTROPIUM

LAPPULA

LITHODORA

LITHOSPERMUM

MYOSOTIS

NEATOSMENA

NONEA

OMPHALODES

ONOSMA

PENTAGLOTTIS

PULMONARIA

ROCHELIA

SOLENATHUS

SYMPHYTUM

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Article updated on: 22 April, 2019

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