Spermatophyta: Monocotyledonae: Liliales

Smilacaceae - Smilax family

Diniz, M.A. (2009) Smilacaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(2)

Obermeyer, A.A. (1992) Smilacaceae Flora of Southern Africa 5(3)

Description of the family

Climbing shrubs with tough perennial prickly stems. Leaves alternate with a pair of tendrils near base of petiole; lamina with 3-5 strong veins. Flowers unisexual, actinomorphic in axillary umbels. Tepals in 2 whorls of 3, free, petaloid. Male flowers with 6 free stamens;ovary 0. Female flowers with 6 staminodes; ovary 3-locular; style 0 or short. Fruit a berry with 1-3 spherical seeds.

Worldwide: 3 genera and 320 species in tropical and warm areas.

Mozambique: 1 genus and 1 taxon.

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Smilax L.Description

Other sources of information about Smilacaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Malawi: Smilacaceae
Flora of Zambia: Smilacaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Smilacaceae

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Smilacaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Smilacaceae
Wikipedia: Smilacaceae


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Mozambique: Family page: Smilacaceae.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=210, retrieved 16 December 2019

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