Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Ranunculales

Menispermaceae - Moonseed family

Troupin, G. (1960) Menispermaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1)

Description of the family

Dioecious trailing herbs, climbers or lianes. Stipules 0. Leaves alternate, simple, sometimes peltate, entire or lobed, petiolate. Inflorescence various, many-flowered. Flowers small, unisexual, actinomorphic. Male flowers: sepals (1-)3-12(-many); petals 1-6, free or connate or 0; stamens 3-6 or indefinite. Female flowers: sepals and petals generally as male; staminodes may be present; carpels (1-)3-6(-many), free; ovules 2. Fruiting carpels drupe-like. Seeds often curved or horseshoe-shaped.

Worldwide: 72 genera and 450 species, tropical and warm areas, with few temperate.

Zambia: 7 genera and 12 taxa.

Stephania abyssinica var. abyssinica

Links to genera:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this family

GenusContent
Albertisia Becc.
Chasmanthera Hochst.Description
Cissampelos L.Description
Cocculus DC.Description
Stephania Lour.Description
Tiliacora Colebr.Description, Image
Tinospora MiersDescription

Other sources of information about Menispermaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Menispermaceae
Flora of Caprivi: Menispermaceae
Flora of Malawi: Menispermaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Menispermaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Menispermaceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Menispermaceae
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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-17

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2017). Flora of Zambia: Family page: Menispermaceae.
http://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=137, retrieved 24 October 2017

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