Common Names in English:
Alabama Supplejack, Rattan Vine, Rattan vines, Supplejack
Deciduous or evergreen
, often thorny trees
, woody climbers
, or lianas, rarely herbs. Leaves simple
, alternate or opposite, pinnately veined or 3-5-veined, entire to serrate, sometimes much reduced; stipules small, caducous
, sometimes transformed into spines. Flowers yellowish to greenish, rarely brightly colored
, small, bisexual
, rarely polygamous, (4 or) 5-merous, hypogynous to epigynous
, in mostly axillary
, sessile or pedunculate
cymes, or reduced to few in fascicles. Calyx tube
or hemispherical to tubular
, sometimes absent, at rim
with calyx, corolla, and stamens; sepals 4 or 5, valvate
in bud, triangular, erect
or ± recurved during anthesis
, adaxially often distinctly keeled
, alternate with petals. Petals 4 or 5, rarely absent, usually smaller than sepals, concave
, rarely nearly flat, often shortly clawed. Stamens 4 or 5, antepetalous
and often ± enclosed by petals; filaments
of petals; anthers
minute, versatile or not, 2(or 4) -celled, dehiscing by longitudinal
slits, usually introrse
. Disk intrastaminal
, thin to ± fleshy
, entire or lobed
or rarely pubescent
from ovary or tightly surrounding it, or adnate to calyx tube. Ovary superior to inferior, (1 or) 2-4-loculed, with 1(or 2) ovules per locule; ovules anatropous
, basal and erect; styles simple or ± deeply 3-lobed or 3-cleft. Fruit either an indehiscent, rarely explosively dehiscent
, sometimes winged
, schizocarpic capsule, or a ± fleshy drupe with 1-4 indehiscent, rarely dehiscent, pyrenes (stones
) . Seeds with thin, oily albumen, sometimes exalbuminous
; embryo large, oily, straight or rarely bent.
About 50 genera and more than 900 species: almost cosmopolitan , mainly in subtropical to tropical areas; 13 genera and 137 species (82 endemic, one introduced ) in China.
Former classifications usually placed Rhamnaceae in the Rhamnales, together with Vitaceae and Leeaceae (Suessenguth in Engler & Prantl, Nat. Pflanzenfam., ed. 2, 20d. 1953), or together with Elaeagnaceae (Thorne, Bot. Rev. 58: 225-348. 1992) . Orders such as Celastrales, Urticales, and Euphorbiales have often been considered as closely related groups. Recent analyses of DNA sequences strongly supported including the family in the Rosales, beside the closest relatives Barbeyaceae and Dirachmaceae (see Angiosperm Phylogeny Group II, Bot. J. Linn. Soc. 141: 399-436. 2003) . Suessenguth (loc. cit. ) grouped the family into five tribes , mainly characterized by fruit characters. Richardson et al. (Kew Bull . 55: 311-340. 2000; Amer. J. Bot. 87: 1309-1324. 2000) revised this tribal classification on the basis of a phylogenetic analysis using rbcL and trnL-F sequences of the plastid genome. Now 11 tribes are recognized, of which four are represented in the Flora area.
The bark , leaves, and fruit of several species of Rhamnus have been used as laxatives , notably R. cathartica and R. frangula. Diverse Old World species of Rhamnus provide yellow and green dyes as well as drugs. Timber of Alphitonia, Colubrina, Hovenia, and Ziziphus species is used for construction, fine furniture, carving, lathework, and musical instruments. Many Ziziphus species yield edible fruit; among them, Z. jujuba (Chinese jujube) and Z. mauritiana (Indian jujube) are cultivated on a commercial scale. Hovenia dulcis is also grown for its edible, fleshy inflorescence stalks . Species of Hovenia, Paliurus, and Rhamnus are cultivated as ornamentals .
to deciduous, rarely small trees
. Leaves alternate; stipules connate
, rarely caducous
; leaf blade
pinnate, with 4-18 pairs of strongly parallel secondary and mostly strongly parallel tertiary veins. Flowers bisexual
, 5-merous, glabrous
, in thyrses
composed of mainly few flowered, terminal
to sessile, corymblike cymes. Calyx tube
disk- to cup-shaped or hemispherical. Sepals triangular, rarely linear
or narrowly lanceolate, adaxially ± distinctly keeled
. Petals spatulate
to lanceolate, shorter than or ca.
as long as sepals, shortly clawed. Stamens dorsifixed
, equaling petals or slightly shorter. Disk mainly fleshy
, filling calyx tube, with 10 irregular lobes
at margin. Ovary superior, ± deeply immersed
in disk, 2-loculed, with 1 ovule per locule; styles cylindric
, short, undivided; stigma large, entire, emarginate
, or 2-fid. Drupe single-stoned, purple-red or purple-black, often turning black at maturity, mostly cylindric, rarely obovate
, base with persistent calyx tube and disk remnants, apex often with rudimentary
fleshy, thin, sometimes sweet-tasting; endocarp stiffly cartilaginous
, 2-loculed, locules 1-seeded.
About 32 species: mainly in temperate and tropical areas of E to SE Asia; 19 species (12 endemic) in China.
The roots , stems, and leaves in some species are used medicinally. The young leaves are used as a substitute for tea.
Flowers: Flower Color: pale green
Size: 6-8' tall.
Typically found at an altitude of 0 to 562 meters (0 to 1,844 feet).
Soil: Minimum pH: 6.1 • Maximum pH: 7.5
Sunlight: Sun Exposure: Sun to Partial Shade.
Temperature: Cold Hardiness: 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b. (map)
- Chatton, 1925
- Haeckel, 1866
- Cavalier-Smith, 1981
- Sinnott, 1935 ex Cavalier-Smith, 1998
- Vascular Plants
- Kenrick & Crane, 1997, nom. inval.
- Kenrick & Crane, 1997
- Novák ex Takht. (1967)
- Novák ex Takhtajan, 1967
- Takhtajan, 1967
- Order: Rosales () - Perleb, 1826
- Superorder: Rosanae () - Takhtajan, 1967
- Subclass: Magnoliidae () - Novák ex Takhtajan, 1967 - Angiosperms
- Class: Magnoliopsida () - Novák ex Takht. (1967) - Dicotyledons
- Infraphylum: Radiatopses () - Kenrick & Crane, 1997
- Subphylum: Euphyllophytina () - Kenrick & Crane, 1997, nom. inval.
- Phylum: Tracheophyta () - Sinnott, 1935 ex Cavalier-Smith, 1998 - Vascular Plants
- Subkingdom: Viridaeplantae () - Cavalier-Smith, 1981
- Kingdom: Plantae () - Haeckel, 1866 - Plants
Rhamnus scandens Hill
Status: Accepted Name
Last scrutiny: 15-Mar-2000
Members of the genus Berchemia
ZipcodeZoo has pages for 3 species, subspecies, varieties, forms, and cultivars in this genus:
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Accessed through GBIF Data Portal November 17, 2007:
- Missouri Botanical Garden, Missouri Botanical Garden
- US National Plant Germplasm System, United States National Plant Germplasm System Collection
- USDA PLANTS, USDA PLANTS Database
- University of Alabama Biodiversity and Systematics, Herbarium
- Biodiversity Heritage Library NamebankID: 2652044
- Catalogue of Life Accepted Name Code: ITS-28447
- Global Biodiversity Information Facility Taxonkey: 13743693
- Globally Unique Identifier: urn:lsid:ipni.org:names:716722-1
- GRIN Nomen Number: 7005
- Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) Taxonomic Serial Number (TSN): 28447
- International Plant Names Index (IPNI) ID: 31583-2
- Natural Heritage Network Species Identifier: PDRHA03010
- U.S.D.A. Plant Symbol: BESC
- Zipcode Zoo Species Identifier: 23801
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- Mean = 102.590 meters (336.581 feet), Standard Deviation = 108.280 based on 986 observations. Altitude information for each observation from British Oceanographic Data Centre. [back]