Spermatophyta: Monocotyledonae

Smilacaceae - Smilax family

Diniz, M.A. (2009) Smilacaceae FZ 12(2)

Obermeyer, A.A. (1992) Smilacaceae FSA 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.

Zimbabwe: 1 genus and 1 taxon.

Smilax anceps

More sample images from the Smilacaceae (Click on each image to see a larger version and details of the record)

Smilax anceps

Smilax anceps

Smilax anceps

Smilax anceps

Smilax anceps

Smilax anceps

Smilax anceps

Smilax anceps

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

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Smilax L.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Smilacaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Mozambique: Smilacaceae
Flora of Zambia: Smilacaceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Smilacaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2014). Flora of Zimbabwe: Family page: Smilacaceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=210, retrieved 24 April 2014

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