Basellaceae

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Perrenial glabrous, non-woody vines, often rhizomatous and/or tuberous. Leaves alternate, entire; stipules lacking. Inflorescence a spike, raceme or panicle; flowers usually bisexual, actinomorphic, each subtended by a small bract; bracteoles in 1 or 2 pairs immediately below the perianth; tepals 5, connate at base, imbricate; stamens 5, filaments inserted on the perianth; ovary superior, 1-celled; styles simple, 3-fid or 3; ovule 1. Fruit indehiscent, sometimes berry-like as the perianth segments enlarge and thicken in fruit.

4 genera and c. 15 species from southern North America to South America, Africa and Madagascar; 1 naturalised in Australia.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1996). Basellaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Caryophyllanae
Higher taxa
family Basellaceae
Subordinate taxa
genus Anredera