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Basella alba
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Basellaceae
Raf. (1837)
Genus: Basella
Type species
Basella alba

Gandola Rumph. ex Raf.

The genus Basella is the type genus of the plant family Basellaceae. Basella contains five known species.[2] Three species are endemic to Madagascar, and one is endemic to southeastern Africa. The fifth is widespread across Southeast Asia, the Indian Subcontinent, and New Guinea.[1]


  1. Basella alba L. - Indian Subcontinent, Indochina, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, New Guinea; naturalized in Africa, southern China, Central America, and various oceanic islands
  2. Basella excavata Scott-Elliot - Madagascar
  3. Basella leandriana H.Perrier - Madagascar
  4. Basella madagascariensis Boivin ex. H.Perrier - Madagascar
  5. Basella paniculata Volkens - Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Transvaal, Kwazulu-Natal