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.

Caprivi: 1 cultivated genus and 1 cultivated taxon.

Basella alba

Links to cultivated genera:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this family

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Basella L.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Basellaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Malawi: Basellaceae
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
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Basellaceae
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Basellaceae
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Basellaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Basellaceae
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Basellaceae
JSTOR Plant Science: Basellaceae
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Basellaceae
Wikipedia: Basellaceae
Plants of the World Online: Basellaceae
Tropicos: Basellaceae



Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Caprivi: Cultivated plants: Family page: Basellaceae.
https://www.capriviflora.com/cult/family.php?family_id=31, retrieved 25 September 2023

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