Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Caryophyllales

Basellaceae

Stannard, B.L. (1988) Basellaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(1)

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

Description of the family

Climbing, perennial, glabrous, ± succulent herbs. Stipules 0. Leaves alternate, usually ovate with a cordate base; margin entire. Flowers in spikes, racemes or panicles, bisexual, actinomorphic. Sepals 2. Petals 5, free or ± united, persistent. Stamens 5, opposite the petals. Ovary superior, 1-locular; ovule 1. Styles usually 3. Fruit indehiscent and fleshy, enclosed by the persistent perianth.

Worldwide: 4 genera and 20 species, tropical and warm regions, especially America.

Malawi: 1 genus and 1 taxon.

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Basella L.Description

Other sources of information about Basellaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Malawi: cultivated Basellaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Basellaceae
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Basellaceae
Flora of Zambia: Basellaceae
Flora of Zambia: cultivated Basellaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Basellaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Basellaceae

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Basellaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Basellaceae
Wikipedia: Basellaceae


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Malawi: Family page: Basellaceae.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=31, retrieved 16 October 2019

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