Subordinate Taxa
Scientific Name:
Piperaceae Giseke

Fls minute, perfect or unisexual, in bracted spikes. Per. 0; stamens us. 2–6, hypog.; anthers 2-celled. Ovary superior, 1-celled; ovule 1. basal; stigmas 1–5. Fr. a small drupe; seeds with minute embryo and mealy perisperm. Herbs or shrubs, sts scandent; vascular bundles scattered. Lvs us. alt., entire; stipules 0 or adnate to petiole. About 12 genera, mainly tropical to subtropical.

[From:  Allan (1961) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 1.]

Number of species in New Zealand within Piperaceae Giseke
Indigenous (Endemic)1
Indigenous (Non-endemic)3
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