Cannabaceae

Definition - What does Cannabaceae mean?

The term Cannabaceae refers to a large family of plants, including cannabis and hemp. The Cannabaceae are a family of plants that include the many species of marijuana and hemp (cannabis), hops (humulis), the Hackberry tree (celtis), and seven other genera of various woody plant, vine, and tree species.

Cannabaceae plants are broad-leafed, but range between deciduous and evergreen types throughout the world. They are highly farmed around the world for their valuable uses in a wide range of industries.

Hydrolife explains Cannabaceae

Other lesser known plants of the Cannabaceae family (but nonetheless regionally important) include Aphananthe aspera, Chaetachme aristata, and Trema orientalis (AKA Parasponia sp.).

Cannabaceae plants are usually dioecious, meaning that there are separate male and female plants within the same species. Their native distribution is North and South America, Africa, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

Plants in the Cannabaceae family have been used for thousands of years. For example, the use of Cannabis, both medicinally and recreationally, has been well recorded. Hemp strains have also been used for fibers, oils, and building materials for many centuries as well.

Hops have been a staple ingredient for the brewing of beer since the early days of that craft. Hackberry wood has been a hardwood used as a substitute for elm.

The wood of other Cannabaceae genera is used for fencing and construction, paper and pulp, and for fuel in various parts of the world.

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