Caprifoliaceae

Belongs within: Dipsacales. The Caprifoliaceae are a group of flowering plants with opposite leaves and more or less monosymmetric flowers. The largest recognised genus is Lonicera, honeysuckles, which includes shrubs and vines named for the sweet nectar produced by their flowers. Characters (from Hickman 1993): Subshrubs, shrubs, vines or small trees. Leaves opposite, simple or… Continue reading Caprifoliaceae

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Dipsacaceae

Belongs within: Dipsacales. The Dipsacaceae are a family of herbs and shrubs found in temperate regions of Eurasia and Africa. Members of this family have flowers borne together on a common receptacle, superficially similar to those of the composite-flowered plants in the Asteraceae. Dipsacus fullonum, teasel, produces spiny inflorescences that were historically used when dried… Continue reading Dipsacaceae

Dipsacales

Belongs within: Campanulidae.Contains: Caprifoliaceae, Dipsacaceae, Valerianaceae. The Dipsacales are a clade of plants usually with opposite, gland-toothed leaves and flowers borne in cymose inflorescences. Members of the family Adoxaceae have fruit which are drupes, and include the elder Sambucus nigra whose fruit are used for flavouring drinks and other culinary purposes. Characters (from mobot.org): Route… Continue reading Dipsacales

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Valerianaceae

Belongs within: Dipsacales. The Valerianaceae, valerians, is a family of herbaceous plants found in most parts of the world. Significant members include garden valerian Valeriana officinalis and corn salad Valerianella locusta. Valerianella locusta is a small annual plant with dark green, spatulate leaves that are eaten as a salad green. Characters (from Black & Robertson… Continue reading Valerianaceae

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