Scientific Name:
  • = Cuscutaceae

Herbs or shrubs, generally with climbing or trailing stems containing a milky sap.  Lvs alternate, exstipulate, usually simple.  Fls actinomorphic, ☿, solitary or few to many in terminal or axillary dichasia. Bracts present, often forming an involucre.  Sepals 5, usually free, imbricate, persistent.  Corolla 5-lobed or 5-angled, usually plicate-contorted, usually funnelform, salverform or tubular, sometimes campanulate.  Stamens 5, usually inserted towards base of corolla lobes and alternate with them.  Ovary superior, 1–4-locular;  ovules 1–2 in each loculus.  Style terminal.  Fr. usually capsular, very rarely indehiscent.

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

Number of species and named hybrids in New Zealand within Convolvulaceae
Indigenous (Endemic)3
Indigenous (Non-endemic)9
Exotic: Fully Naturalised11
Exotic: Casual6
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