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Gnetum gnemon
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Gnetophyta
Class: Gnetopsida
Order: Gnetales
T.M. Fries
Family: Gnetaceae
Genus: Gnetum

See text.

Gnetum is a genus of about 30-35 species of gymnosperms, the sole genus in the family Gnetaceae and order Gnetales. They are tropical evergreen trees, shrubs and lianas. Unlike other gymnosperms they possess vessel elements in the xylem. Some species have been proposed to have been the first plants to be insect pollinated as they occur in association with extinct pollinating Scorpionflies.[1]



  • Gnetum sect. Gnetum
    • Gnetum subsect. Gnetum - 2 species of trees; southeast Asia
    • Gnetum subsect. Micrognemones - 2 species of lianas; tropical west Africa
    • Gnetum subsect. Araeognemones - 9 species of lianas; tropical South America and Central America - Ituá
      • Gnetum amazonicum
      • Gnetum camporum
      • Gnetum leyboldii
      • Gnetum nodiflorum
      • Gnetum paniculatum
      • Gnetum schwackeanum
      • Gnetum urens
      • Gnetum venosum
  • Gnetum sect. Scandentia - about 20 species of lianas; southern Asia
    • Gnetum subsect. Stipitati
      • Gnetum arboreum
      • Gnetum contractum
      • Gnetum gracilipes
      • Gnetum latifolium
      • Gnetum montanum
      • Gnetum oblongum
      • Gnetum pendulum
      • Gnetum tenuifolium
      • Gnetum ula
    • Gnetum subsect. Sessiles
      • Gnetum acutum
      • Gnetum bosavicum
      • Gnetum cleistostachyum
      • Gnetum cuspidatum
      • Gnetum diminutum
      • Gnetum globosum
      • Gnetum gnemonoides
      • Gnetum hainanense
      • Gnetum klossii
      • Gnetum leptostachyum
      • Gnetum loerzingii
      • Gnetum luofuense
      • Gnetum macrostachyum
      • Gnetum microcarpum
      • Gnetum neglectum
      • Gnetum oxycarpum
      • Gnetum parvifolium
      • Gnetum raya
      • Gnetum ridleyi


Many Gnetum species are edible, with the seeds being roasted, and the foliage used as a leaf vegetable. Some are also valued in herbal medicine.


  1. ^ Ren D, Labandeira CC, Santiago-Blay JA, Rasnitsyn A, Shih CK, Bashkuev A, Logan MA, Hotton CL, Dilcher D. (2009). Probable Pollination Mode Before Angiosperms: Eurasian, Long-Proboscid Scorpionflies. Science, 326 (5954), 840-847. doi:10.1126/science.1178338

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From Wikispecies


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Cladus: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Divisio: Gnetophyta
Classis: Gnetopsida
Ordo: Gnetales
Familia: Gnetaceae
Genus: Gnetum
Sectiones: G. sect.  Cylindrostachys - G. sect. Gnetum


Gnetum L.

Vernacular names

‪Norsk (bokmål)‬: Gnetumplanter

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