2424.000 Basella L.

Walters, S.M. et al. (eds) (1989) The European Garden Flora. Vol. III. Dicotyledons (Part I). Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

Description of the genus

Twining herbs with long, much-branched stems to 9 m. Leaves fleshy, petiolate. Flowers bisexual in usually simple spikes. Bracteoles 2, connate in a cup. Perianth urceolate, white, red or purple. Filaments erect and straight in bud. Fruit spherical.

Derivation of name: Native Malabar name

Worldwide: 5 species; 3 in Madagascar, 1 in Africa and one pantropical.

Malawi: 1 cultivated taxon.

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Basella
Flora of Malawi: Basella
Flora of Mozambique: Basella
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Basella
Flora of Zambia: Basella
Flora of Zambia: cultivated Basella

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Basella
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Basella
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Basella
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Basella
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Basella
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Basella
JSTOR Plant Science: Basella
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Basella
Plants of the World Online: Basella
Tropicos: Basella
Wikipedia: Basella

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Cultivated plants: genus page: Basella.
https://www.malawiflora.com/cult/genus.php?genus_id=2285, retrieved 15 July 2024

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