|University of California, Berkeley|
|Directory News Site Map Home|
|Jepson eFlora: Taxon page
Key to families | Table of families and genera
Indexes to all accepted names and synonyms:
| A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z |
Perennial herb vines, ± fleshy, glabrous. Leaf: simple, alternate, petioled [not], entire [toothed]; stipules 0. Inflorescence: panicle [raceme, spike], axillary or terminal; pedicel subtended by bract. Flower: generally bisexual, radial, immediately subtended on pedicel by 2 bractlets; sepals 2; petals 5[–13], ± fused basally into shallow cup; nectary a ring; stamens 5[–9], from petal cup, basally fused, basally widened; ovary superior, chamber 1, styles 3, ± fused basally. Fruit: utricle, indehiscent, fleshy or papery, enclosed in dry perianth. Seed: 1.
4 genera, ± 20 species: tropics, subtropics, mostly America; some cultivated (Anredera, ornamental; Basella, edible leaves; Ullucus, edible tubers). [Bogle 1969 J Arnold Arbor 50:590–598; Nowicke 1996 Syst Bot 21:187–208] Based on anatomy, some authors interpret sepals as bracts, petals as sepals; Basella alba L. cultivated in California. —Scientific Editor: Thomas J. Rosatti.
Previous taxon: Impatiens glandulifera
Next taxon: Anredera
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2013. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on Mar 31 2015
Citation for this treatment: [Author of taxon treatment] 2013. Basellaceae, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=61, accessed on Mar 31 2015
Copyright © 2014 Regents of the University of California
We encourage links to these pages, but the content may not be downloaded for reposting, repackaging, redistributing, or sale in any form, without written permission from The Jepson Herbarium.