Basella alba

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Basella alba L.

Basellaceae

Life form: climber
Usage: economic plant

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Arrangement: alternate
Leaves:

Shape: ovate

Division: simple

Shape: not specified
Fruit: drupe

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Inflorescence: raceme

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

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

Basella alba is a climber.

Naming

Basella alba was described by Carl Linnaeus in 1753. The name is considered as validly published.

Taxonomy

Basella alba is a species in the genus Basella which contains 5 species and belongs to the family of the Basellaceae (Basella Family).

Characteristics

Growth

The climbers reach heights of 8 to 10 metres.

Leaves

Basella alba has simple leaves that are alternate. The leaves are ovate and entire.

Flowers and Fruits

Basella alba produces racemes of white flowers from May to September.

The climbers carry ornamental drupes.

Root System

Distribution

Basella alba is native to Southeast Asia and is naturalized in the tropics.

Cultivation

The climbers tolerate temperatures only above at least 1°C (USDA zone 10).

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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