Description: Climbers with solid bamboo-like stems rising from a rhizome.
Leaves alternate along stems; lamina elongate and with numerous longitudinal veins, apex extended into a coiled tendril; base sheathing and surrounding stem, closed.
Inflorescence a many-flowered terminal panicle; flowers bracteate, ± sessile and borne separately. Flowers actinomorphic, 3-merous, mostly bisexual. Tepals 6, in 2 whorls with inner tepals longest. Stamens usually 6 in 2 whorls, sometimes some reduced to staminodes; filaments free; anthers 2-locular, dehiscing by longitudinal slits. Ovary superior, 3-locular; ovule 1 per loculus; stigma sessile, minutely 3-lobed.
Fruit a drupe; seed 1 or rarely 2.
Distribution and occurrence: World: 1 gen., 4 spp., trop. Afr., SE Asia, Aust., Pac.Is. Aust.: 1 gen., 1 sp. (native).
Angiosperm Phylogeny Website (Family: Flagellariaceae, Order: Poales)
Text by G. J. Harden
|One genus in NSW: Flagellaria|