Subordinate Taxa
Scientific Name:
Beta L., Sp. Pl. 222 (1753)

Annual, biennial or perennial herbs, glabrous or nearly so.  Stems green, yellowish or red.  Lvs alternate, flat or rugose, entire or nearly so;  basal lvs long-petiolate, often large.  Fls ☿, 1-few in cymes;  cymes in spicate infls.  Bracteoles 2.  Perianth segments 5, usually green, incurved, thickening and hardening towards base at fruiting.  Stamens 5.  Ovary semi-inferior.  Stigmas 2–3.  Frs often adhering together by the enlarged perianth, the whole fruiting mass or glomerule forming a hard mass.  Seed 1, horizontal, tightly enclosed in covering mainly formed by perianth.

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

Number of species in New Zealand within Beta L.
Exotic: Fully Naturalised1
Linnaeus, C. 1753: Species Plantarum. Impensis Laurentii Salvii, Stockholm.
Mabberley, D.J. 2008: Mabberley's plant book, a portable dictionary of plants, their classification and uses. Edition 3. Cambridge University Press.