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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Gnetum

 

the only genus of the Gnetaceae family. There are about 40 species, distributed in humid tropical forests, particularly in South and Southeast Asia but also in South America and western tropical Africa. They are chiefly lianas, but some, such as G. gnemon, are small trees or bushes. The leaves are opposite, broad, integral, leathery, penninervate, with typical network veining. The plants are diclinous. Both the micro- and megastrobiles are gathered into whorls. The female gametophyte lacks archegonia, and egg cells are formed from free nuclei in the upper part of the gametophyte. When the seed ripens, the internal cover of the megastrobile forms a hard, rocklike layer, and the brightly colored surface becomes fleshy.

In tropical Asia several Gnetum species, for example, G.gnemon, are cultivated for their edible seeds. Young leaves and the strobiles are also used as food. G. ula provides edible oil.

REFERENCE

Takhtadzhian, A. L. Vysshie rasteniia, vol. 1. Moscow-Leningrad, 1956.

A. L. TAKHTADZHIAN

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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