Gnetaceae Blume

First published in Nov. Pl. Expos. 23. 1833 [Aug-Dec 1833] (1833)nom. cons.
This family is accepted

Descriptions

Gnetaceae, Hutchinson and Dalziel. Flora of West Tropical Africa 1:1. 1954

Morphology General Habit
Erect or scandent shrubs, leaves opposite, simple
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers in catkin-like spikes, usually dioecious; spikes jointed, with the flowers in whorls Male flowers with a tubular envelope of 2 connate scales; anthers 2 or 1, sessile on the summit of a central column Female flowers with a close-fitting utricle resembling an ovary; ovule otherwise naked, integument produced into a straight micropylar tube exserted through the orifices of the aril and utricle, truncate, toothed or fimbriate
sex Male
Male flowers with a tubular envelope of 2 connate scales; anthers 2 or 1, sessile on the summit of a central column
sex Female
Female flowers with a close-fitting utricle resembling an ovary; ovule otherwise naked, integument produced into a straight micropylar tube exserted through the orifices of the aril and utricle, truncate, toothed or fimbriate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seed with copious endosperm
[FWTA]

Sources

  • Flora of West Tropical Africa

    • Flora of West Tropical Africa
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  • Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2023. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and https://powo.science.kew.org/
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