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Published In: De Fructibus et Seminibus Plantarum. . . . 2: 298, t. 143, f. 9. 1791. (Fruct. Sem. Pl.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

Project Name Data (Last Modified On 6/2/2011)
Acceptance : Accepted
Project Data     (Last Modified On 6/3/2011)
General/Distribution: About 6 species, mostly in the E. Mediterranean region; only one recorded from our area.


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Annual or biennial, usually branched from the base, glabrous or hairy with simple hairs. Leaves pinnatisect. Racemes ebracteate, becoming lax in fruit. Flowers medium size, violet or whitish; pedicel short, + appressed to stem and somewhat thickened in fruit. Sepals erect, subequal, linear, subobtuse, not saccate at the base. Petals obovate with a long, thin claw, densely veined, apex truncate. Stamens 6; filaments linear. Nectar glands minute, lateral subcom¬pressed or scale-like, middle compressed, semiglobose or somewhat prismatic. Ovary cylindrical, sessile, 2-parted with both the parts fertile; lower 1-8-ovuled; upper somewhat broadened below and 1-4-ovuled; stigma depressed-capitate. Siliquae biarticulated, breaking into two parts when mature; upper part 1-3-seeded, without septum, ovoid below, beaked above; lower part 6-8-seeded, sub-cylindrical, bilocular, dehiscent with a complete septum; valves 3-5 parallel veined; seeds oblong, ellipsoid or subglobose, subcompressed, pale brown; cotyledons various, straight to loosely inrolled, radicle incumbent.
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