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Humulus lupulus (Hop)

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Rosids > Eurosid I > Order: Rosales > Family: Cannabaceae

Native to the temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. Cultivated widely, including in southern Africa, for the cone-like female inflorescences (clusters of flowers), which are used in flavouring, stabilising and preserving beer.

Humulus lupulus (Hop)

Humulus lupulus, Hops growing north of Outeniqua Pass, Western Cape, South Africa. [photo H. Robertson, Iziko ]

Humulus lupulus (Hop)

Humulus lupulus, Vienna Botanical Gardens, Austria. [photo H.G. Robertson, Iziko ]