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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 7/25/2013)

Flora Data (Last Modified On 7/25/2013)
Habit Herbs
Distribution About 17 species have been described from southern North America and the New and Old World tropics.
Genus Elytraria Michx.
PlaceOfPublication Fl. Bor. Amer. 1: 8. 1803. nom. cons.
Note TYPE: E. virgata Michx., nom. illeg. = E. caroliniensis (Gmelin) Pers.
Synonym Tubiflora Gmelin, Syst. Nat. 2: 27. 1791, nom. rejic. TYPE: T. caroliniensis Gmelin.
Description Herbs, caulescent or acaulescent. Leaves alternate or subopposite, basal or restricted to the terminal portion of the stem in a dense pattern, the cystoliths lacking. Inflorescences spicate, occasionally scapose, compact, the peduncles with imbricate, coriaceous bracts; bract single; bracteoles 2. Flowers perfect, zygo- morphic, sessile, the calyx 4-merous, the segments narrow, entire or toothed apically; corolla 5-merous, white or blue, the tube narrow, 2-lipped with the upper lip 1-lobed, the lower lip 3-lobed; stamens 2, barely exserted, the anthers of 2 cells which are equal and parallel; ovary 2-celled, to 10 ovules in each cavity, the style 1. Capsule basally constricted and apically acute; seeds borne on papil- liform funicles.
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