Photo guide to selected taxa of Menispermaceae
1. Hooker, J. D. (1885) Flora of British India. Vol. 1. Reprint by Bishen Singh Mahendra Pal Singh, Dehra Dun.
2. Pramanik, A. & Gangopadhyay, M. (1993) Menispermaceae. In: Sharma, B.D. et al. (eds) Flora of India, Botanical Survey of India. Vol. 1. Deep Printers, New Delhi.
As … pointed out, the pictures are of different sizes causing the non uniformity in the layout. I am also not sure how to update this, maintaining the a-z arrangement, when we have additional taxa in the database.
Yes I am also able to see these thumbnails. Though due to slow speed of our broad band these loads slowly.
…, is there a way to see whether or not the page size has increased after adding the thumbnails? If increased, how much?
On right clicking on the page & clicking on properties, I find size of this page as 137913 bytes (i.e. 137 KB).
Thanks … for the quick response. I guess the size difference is not too much!
The family Menispermaceae comprises 73 genera and about 320 species, distributed in all of the tropical and subtropical regions of Americas, Asia and Africa. Different publications quote different number of species ranging from 300 to 520. In India, the family is represented by 20 genera and 43 species.
List of genera present in India:
List of genera so far discussed in eFI:
Menispermaceae members are distinguished by the dioecious character, lianous habit (not so in some Cocculus spp.), the usually three merous floral situation, the double whorl of sepals, and the curved seed. Detailed description
Named by A.L.de Jussieu the family Menispermaceae is mainly restricted to Tropics and subtropics. Few species reach to temperate regions also.
Menispermaceae is represented by 68 genera and 448 species in the world (TPL 2013). In India it represented by 20 genera and 43 species (Pramanik & Gangopadhyay, 1993).
Following genera and their species are present and discussed in eFI (pl click genus name to see details):
Cocculus (C.hirsutus, C.laurifolius, C.pendulus)
Stephania (S.glabra, S.gracilenta, S.japonica, S.japonica var. discolour)
Tinospora (T.cordifolia, T.sinensis)
Threatened species as mentioned in Red list of Threatened Vascular Plant Species in India (based on the 1997 IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants):
Albertisia mecistophylla (Indeterminate)
Coscinium fenestratum (Endangered)
Cyclea debiliflora (Indeterminate)
Cyclea fissicalyx (Endangered)
Cyclea wattii (Indeterminate)
Stephania andamanica (Indeterminate)
Tinospora andamanica (Indeterminate)
Following species need to be added in eFI to cover complete Indian Menispermaceae:
Cocculus orbiculatus, C.prainianus
Cyclea barbata, C.bicristata, C.debiliflora, C.fissicalyx, C.meeboldii, C.pendulina, C.wattii
Pycnarrhena lucida, P.pleniflora
Stephania andamanica, S.elegans, S.glandulifera, S.venosa, S.wightii
Tinospora crispa, T.glabra
We might also need to revisit some of the previous posts (of Menispermaceae) and update the database accordingly. For example the only post of “Pachygone ovata” has been later identified as Tiliacora acumina. So, as of now P. ovata doesn’t exist in the database.
The names of pictures are linked to the original messages posted by members. These are representative images selected randomly from multiple posts.
This is just an attempt to collate pictures in one place without actually attaching them in the email. I would appreciate your suggestions and comments.
Thank you … for these two very good pages of Photoguide to Menispermaceae. Really helpful to differentiate genera.
…, having such photoguide for all the families and genera is my wish as well. This way we don’t have to attach or store pictures on pages, so there won’t be any storage/ size issues.
This might need suitable programming and lots and lots of time and efforts. But as you said it will be really helpful to have an overview of the family or genus concerned.
…, is it possible to incorporate these photoguides onto the family page of eFI database/site?
…, these pages were actually created using Google Sites.
MBNN Fortnight :: MENISPERMACEAE :: # RVS-Oct 04 : 8 posts by 6 authors.
Thank you … for these pictures. All these are very helpful in understanding the morphology of different genera in Menispermaceae.
Species, genera & family pages of Menispermaceae are now with images : 1 post by 1 author.