Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Ranunculales

Menispermaceae - Moonseed family

Troupin, G. (1960) Menispermaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1)

Description of the family

Dioecious trailing herbs, climbers or lianes. Stipules 0. Leaves alternate, simple, sometimes peltate, entire or lobed, petiolate. Inflorescence various, many-flowered. Flowers small, unisexual, actinomorphic. Male flowers: sepals (1-)3-12(-many); petals 1-6, free or connate or 0; stamens 3-6 or indefinite. Female flowers: sepals and petals generally as male; staminodes may be present; carpels (1-)3-6(-many), free; ovules 2. Fruiting carpels drupe-like. Seeds often curved or horseshoe-shaped.

Worldwide: 72 genera and 450 species, tropical and warm areas, with few temperate.

Malawi: 8 genera and 10 taxa.

Cocculus hirsutus

Links to genera:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this family

Cissampelos L.Description, Image
Cocculus DC.Description
Dioscoreophyllum Engl.Description
Jateorhiza MiersDescription, Image
Stephania Lour.Description
Tiliacora Colebr.Description
Tinospora MiersDescription, Image
Triclisia Benth.Description

Other sources of information about Menispermaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Menispermaceae
Flora of Caprivi: Menispermaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Menispermaceae
Flora of Zambia: Menispermaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Menispermaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Menispermaceae

External websites:

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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Malawi: Family page: Menispermaceae.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=137, retrieved 2 October 2023

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