1. Family: Gisekiaceae Nakai
    1. Gisekia L.

      1. This genus is accepted, and its native range is Africa to Indian Subcontinent, Hainan to Indo-China.

    [FTEA]

    Aïzoaceae, C. Jeffrey. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1961

    Habit
    Diffuse procumbent or creeping annual herbs, close-streaked with numerous short-linear whitish slightly prominent raphides
    Leaves
    Leaves opposite, sessile or shortly petiolate, linear to oblanceolate-spathulate or elliptic, entire, sub-succulent
    Stipules
    Stipules absent
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescences axillary, umbelliform to laxly dichasial, sessile or pedunculate
    Flowers
    Flowers hermaphrodite or unisexual, regular, pedicellate, small and inconspicuous
    Calyx
    Sepals 5, free
    Stamens
    Stamens 5–20, hypogynous, free
    Carpels
    Carpels 3–6, or 10–15, superior, free, indehiscent, one-seeded, separating into achenes in fruit; pericarp thin, transparent, white-papillose; styles as many as the carpels.2 species, one African, the other extending from the Cape through tropical Africa and Asia to Malaysia.
    [FZ]

    Molluginaceae, M. L. Gonçalves. Flora Zambesiaca 4. 1978

    Habit
    Herbs, usually prostrate, procumbent or creeping, annual or perennial with annual shoots, many-stemmed, with numerous prominent linear whitish raphides especially on leaves.
    Leaves
    Leaves mostly opposite, sessile or petiolate, succulent, without stipules, entire, with great variability in size and shape of the lamina.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescences terminal or axillary, umbelliform to loosely dichasial, sessile or pedunculate.
    Flowers
    Flowers hermaphrodite or sometimes unisexual, small, pedicellate.
    Perianth
    Perianth-segments 5, herbaceous, free.
    Stamens
    Stamens 5–20, hypogynous, free.
    Carpels
    Carpels 5–15, superior, free, 1-ovulate, with a style on the inner edge of each carpel.
    Fruits
    Fruit of separated achenes, usually muricate, covered with warts, black.
    Seeds
    Seeds swollen-reniform, black.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina, Burundi, Cabinda, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Provinces, Caprivi Strip, Central African Repu, Chad, Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Free State, Gabon, Ghana, Gulf States, Hainan, India, Iran, Ivory Coast, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Northern Provinces, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Rwanda, Réunion, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sinai, Socotra, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

    Introduced into:

    Florida

    Gisekia L. appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Mant. Pl. 2: 554 (1771)

    Accepted by

    • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Seed Plants Database in ACCESS G: 1-40325.

    Literature

    Flora of West Tropical Africa
    • —F.T.A. 2: 593.
    Flora Zambesiaca
    • Mant. Pl. Alt.: 554 (1771).
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • Mant. 2: 554 (1771)

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0