Spermatophyta: Monocotyledonae: Asparagales



Cowley, J. (2008) Behniaceae Flora Zambesiaca 13(1)

Obermeyer, A.A. (1992) Philesiaceae (Luzuriagaceae) Flora of Southern Africa 5(3)

Description of the family

Unarmed climbers in forests with woody stems arising from rhizomes with swollen roots. Leaves alternate, sessile, parallel veined. Stipules 0. Flowers in few-flowered axillary cymes. Tepals in 2 whorls of 3, forming a short tube. Stamens in 2 whorls of 3. Ovary 3-locular. Fruit a berry.

Comment: Genera included under Behniaceae are nowadays often placed within subfamily Agavoideae under Asparagaceae. However, we have followed the more traditional treatment for the time being.

Worldwide: 1 genus and 1 species from tropical southern Africa

Malawi: 1 genus and 1 taxon.

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Other sources of information about Behniaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Mozambique: Behniaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Behniaceae

External websites:

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

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: Behniaceae.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=170, retrieved 2 October 2023

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