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Menispermaceae Jussieu


Habit: tree, shrub, liana, vine

Taxon group: dicots

Plant: dioecious

Leaf: position: alternate

Leaf: nature: simple

Leaf: venation: pinnate, longitudinal, incl. 3-veined leaves, palmate

Leaf: blade: margin: lobed, cleft, parted or divided

Leaf: stipules: absent

Flowers: inflorescence: raceme, head, cyme, panicle

Flowers: sexuality: unisexual

Flowers: symmetry: actinomorphic, zygomorphic

Flowers: sepal position: all free from one another, connate or basally connate

Flowers: sepal/calyx nature: imbricate

Flowers: petal number/corolla lobes: 3, 4, 6

Flowers: petal nature: contorted

Stamen: number: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Stamen: anthers: opening by longitudinal slits

Stamen: filaments: free, connate into 1 tube or bundle

Stamen: other characters: staminodia present

Pistil: carpel: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6+

Pistil: ovary: 1-loculed

Pistil: ovule: 1 per locule, 2 per locule

Pistil: pistil: carpels free from each other

Fruit: types and characters: fleshy (berry, drupe, pome)

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