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Family Petiveriaceae

Description: Herbs to trees or lianas.

Perianth 4 tepals (rarely 5), carpel solitary, with a single ovule.

Fruit 1-seeded.


Distribution and occurrence: World: 9 genera, 13 species, mainly in the Americas, but also Australia, New Hebrides and New Caledonia (Monococcus).

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

Previously included in Phytolaccaceae, but now recognised as a distinct family (see APG IV 2016).

Text by Page created by H. Sauquet (Nov 2020)
Taxon concept: APG IV (2016)

 Key to the genera 
1Fruit a berry, smooth, red; flowers bisexual; perennial herbs, usually woody at the baseRivina
Fruit burr-like, an achene covered with hooked bristles, green to brown; flowers unisexual; shrubsMonococcus

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