Datiscaceae are large herbaceous plants, with alternate and pinnate leaves.
The species Datisca cannabina is found from Crete and Turkey and closely related Datisca nepalensis in the Himalayas, which is sometimes included in D. cannabina. It grows to about two meters tall, and in May to August it produces small greenish yellow flowers. This species is strictly dioecious, with male and female flowers on different plants. It is grown for ornamental foliage and can produce a laxative or a yellow dye.
The North American species Datisca glomerata is native to California, Nevada and Mexico. This species is more or less dioecious, except that female plants may possess some bisexual flowers as well.
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