Menispermum

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Credits

Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

Recommended citation
'Menispermum' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/menispermum/). Accessed 2021-11-30.

Family

  • Menispermaceae

Common Names

  • Moonseed

Glossary

alternate
Attached singly along the axis not in pairs or whorls.
peltate
Disc-shaped and attached at centre of lower surface to a stalk (e.g. leaf of Nasturtium Tropaeolum majus).

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Credits

Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

Recommended citation
'Menispermum' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/menispermum/). Accessed 2021-11-30.

Climbing, woody or semi-woody plants, with alternate, long-stalked, peltate leaves, and separate male and female flowers. Sepals six; petals six or nine; stamens nine to twenty-four. The black or purple-black fruit encloses one half-moon or crescent-shaped seed – giving the popular name. The plants spread rapidly by means of underground stems, and are easily increased by division. Cocculus is nearly allied, but has the leaf­stalk attached at the margin of the leaf, and only six stamens.