Tetragonia tetragonioides

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Tetragonia tetragonioides (Pall.) Kuntze

Aizoaceae

Life form: annual or biennial
Usage: economic plant

 

Arrangement: alternate
Leaves:

Shape: rhomboid

Division: simple

Shape: many-stellate
Fruit: not specified

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Inflorescence: solitary

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: prostrate

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Rosopsida
Subclassis:
Caryophyllidae
Superordo:
Caryophyllanae
Ordo:
Caryophyllales

Tetragonia tetragonioides, commonly known as New Zealand spinach, is a succulent and belongs to the group of annual and biennial plants.

Naming

Tetragonia tetragonioides was already described and the name validly published by Peter Simon von Pallas. It was Carl Ernst Otto Kuntze, however, who reclassified it into todays valid botanical systematics .

Taxonomy

Tetragonia tetragonioides is a species in the genus Tetragonia which contains approximately 17 to 75 species and belongs to the family of the Aizoaceae (Fig-marigold Family).

Characteristics

Growth

The plants reach heights of 40 to 60 centimetres.

Leaves

Tetragonia tetragonioides has green, simple leaves that are alternate. The leaves are rhomboid, entire and petiolate.

Flowers and Fruits

Tetragonia tetragonioides produces solitary yellow many-stellate flowers from July to September.


Root System

Distribution

Tetragonia tetragonioides is native to Australia and New Zealand and is naturalized in Italy and in the Iberian Peninsula.

Cultivation

Uses

Maintenance and Propagation

Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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