Classification
 Subordinate Taxa
 Nomenclature
Scientific Name:
Gunneraceae
 Description

Perennial, rhizomatous, pseudo-polystelic, monoecious, gynomonoecious or hermaphroditic herbs.  Lvs alternate, radical, stipulate, bearing basal ligular scales.  Infl. a simple raceme or spike, or paniculate.  Fls numerous, actinomorphic, very small.  Sepals 2–(3).  Petals 2–(3) or 0, hooded;  stamens (1)–2, usually epipetalous.  Ovary inferior;  carpels 2, 1-locular; stigma-styles 2;  ovule 1, apical.  Fr. a drupe.  Seed with abundant endosperm.

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

 Biostatus
Number of species in New Zealand within Gunneraceae
CategoryNumber
Indigenous (Endemic)5
Exotic: Fully Naturalised1
Exotic: Casual1
Total7
 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.