Delphinium

Belongs within: Ranunculaceae. Delphinium is a genus of perennial herbs bearing bilateral flowers with the upper sepals spurred. Many species are highly toxic and cause numerous deaths in livestock (Hickman 1993). Characters (from Hickman 1993): Perennial; root generally <10 cm, more or less fibrous or fleshy; buds generally obscure. Stem generally 1, erect, generally unbranched;… Continue reading Delphinium

Meconopsis

Belongs within: Papaveraceae. Meconopsis is a genus of large-flowered herbs found primarily in the Sino-Himalayan region. Characters (from Flora of China): Herbs, monocarpic or perennial, yellow lactiferous. Taproot distinct in monocarpic species, plump, extended or napiform thickened, accompanied by fibrous roots, or fibrous. Stems, when present, branched or not, bristly, setose, pubescent, or glabrous. Leaves… Continue reading Meconopsis

Corydalis

Belongs within: Papaveraceae. Corydalis is a genus of soft-leaved herbs found primarily in temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. Characters (from Flora of China): Herbs, annual, biennial, or perennial, soft, juicy, usually glabrous. Leaves usually alternate, pinnately or ternately divided. Inflorescence a simple bracteate raceme (occasionally compound with cymose or racemose partial inflorescences). Flowers blue,… Continue reading Corydalis

Aconitum

Belongs within: Ranunculaceae. Aconitum, the aconites, is a diverse genus of often highly toxic herbs found in temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. Characters (from Flora of China): Herbs perennial or pseudoannual, rarely annual, with taproots or 2 to several caudices. Stem erect or twining. Leaves simple or compound, cauline ones alternate, sometimes all basal,… Continue reading Aconitum

Papaveraceae

Belongs within: Ranunculales.Contains: Meconopsis, Corydalis, Papaver. The Papaveraceae are a mostly Northern Hemisphere family of flowering plants including the poppies and related taxa. Laticifers, latex-producing secretory cells, are present in the stems of members of the subfamilies Eschscholzioideae and Papaveroideae. Characters (from M. Zhang et al.): Herbs, annual, biennial, monocarpic perennial, perennial, or shrubby. Laticifers… Continue reading Papaveraceae

Clematis

Belongs within: Ranunculaceae. Clematis is a genus of flowering vines found primarily in temperate regions of the world. Members include traveller’s joy C. vitalba, widely grown as an ornamental but also known as an invasive species in many parts of the world. Characters (from J. S. Pringle): Vines , ± woody, sometimes only at base,… Continue reading Clematis

Menispermaceae

Belongs within: Ranunculales. The Menispermaceae, the moonseeds, are a plant family primarily composed of vines and lianas though some species are trees or shrubs. A number of species contain alkaloids; a species of Chondrodendron is a significant source of the neurotoxin curare. The east Asian Fibraruea tinctoria has historically been used as a source of… Continue reading Menispermaceae

Ranunculus

Belongs within: Ranunculaceae. Ranunculus, the buttercups, is a cosmopolitan genus of about 300 species. The majority of species have yellow flowers (hence the vernacular name) but some have white, orange or red flowers. The genus name means ‘little frog’, and refers to the preference of many species for damp habitats; some species even grow aquatically.… Continue reading Ranunculus

Ranunculaceae

Belongs within: Ranunculales.Contains: Aconitum, Delphinium, Aquilegia, Anemone, Clematis, Caltha, Pulsatilla, Thalictrum, Ranunculus. The Ranunculaceae are a cosmopolitan family of mostly herbaceous plants including the buttercups and related species. Many members of the Ranunculaceae are popular as garden plants. Flowers are most commonly radial though in some genera such as Aconitum and Aquilegia they are bilateral… Continue reading Ranunculaceae

Berberidaceae

Belongs within: Ranunculales. The Berberidaceae are a family of flowering plants containing the barberries and related species. Members of the subfamily Berberidoideae and the sacred bamboo Nandina domestica are shrubs whereas Podophylloideae and Leonticoideae are perennial herbs.Na Characters (from Whetstone, Atkinson & Spaulding): Herbs or shrubs (rarely trees), perennial, evergreen or deciduous, sometimes rhizomatous. Stems… Continue reading Berberidaceae