Subordinate Taxa
 Nomenclature
Scientific Name:
Basellaceae
 Description

Perennial climbers with slender stems and often tuberous roots or rhizomes.  Lvs ± succulent, alternate, entire, exstipulate.  Fls usually ☿, actinomorphic, in spikes, racemes or panicles;  each fl. subtended by a small bract and 2 or 4, sometimes petaloid bracteoles. Perianth segments (tepals) 5, almost free to connate and forming a tube, persistent in fr., imbricate.  Petals 0.  Stamens 5, inserted opposite to tepals and on or near their bases;  filaments free, short;  anthers dehiscing lengthwise or by apical pores or slits.  Ovary superior, 1-locular, with 1 basal ovule;  style usually simple or 3-branched, sometimes 3.  Fr.  indehiscent, surrounded by the persistent, sometimes fleshy perianth or winged bracteoles.  Seed globular or nearly so; endosperm copious.

[From:  Webb et al. (1988) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 4.]

 Biostatus
Exotic
Number of species in New Zealand within Basellaceae
CategoryNumber
Exotic: Fully Naturalised1
Total1
 Bibliography
Cronquist, A. 1988: The evolution and classification of flowering plants. The New York Botanic Gardens, New York.
Mabberley, D.J. 2008: Mabberley's plant book, a portable dictionary of plants, their classification and uses. Edition 3. Cambridge University Press.