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Family Basellaceae

Description: Perennial herbs with slender annual twining stems from tuber-bearing rhizomes.

Leaves alternate [or opposite, sometimes all basal], simple, entire, somewhat succulent.

Inflorescence terminal or axillary racemes or panicles. Flowers actinomorphic, mostly bisexual. Bracts 2. Perianth segments 5, free or basally fused, persistent in fruit. Stamens 5. Ovary superior, 3-carpellate, 3-lobed, 1-locular by breakdown of partitions; styles 3 or style simple and 3-lobed.

Fruit an achene, surrounded by the persistent, often fleshy corolla.


Distribution and occurrence: World: 4 genera, 15–20 species, tropical & subtropical regions, mostly America. Australia: 1 genus, 1 species

External links:
Angiosperm Phylogeny Website (Family: Basellaceae, Order: Caryophyllales)
Wikipedia

Some species are cultivated as ornamentals or as food crops in tropical regions of the world.

Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept:

Taxa not yet included in identification key
Anredera,    Basella


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