Family Flagellariaceae Dumortier 1829 nom conserv the Flagellaria Family

Physical description: The Family Flagellariaceae consists of the single genus Flagellaria, with 3 species of climbers native to tropical regions and known to produce cyanogenetic glycosides. The leaves are alternate, simple, characterized by a stoloniferous apex tip. The inflorescences are terminal panicles. The flowers are small, sessile, perfect, regular, trimerous and hypogynous.The perianth consists of 6 tepals in 2 cycles. The andrecium consists of 6 stamens which are free. The anthers are basixified, sagitate, tetrasporangiate, dithecal and open by longitudinal slits. The gynecium comprises of 3 carpels united to form a compound, superior, 3-locular ovary with each locule containing a single ovule attached to an axile placenta. The styles are free or connate. The fruits are small drupes or berries. Flagellaria indica L. is quite often used to wash the hair and promote hair growth in the Asia-pacific, on a probable account of its hair-shaped tendrils. The present state of knowledge on the pharmacological properties of Restionales is virtually non-existent.

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