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Published In: Species Plantarum, Editio Secunda 1: 391. 1762. (Sp. Pl. (ed. 2)) 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)
Contributor Text: DANIEL F. AUSTIN
Contributor Institution: Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida, USA
General/Distribution: A genus of about 100 species, almost all of which are endemic to the New World. One American species has been widely introduced into Asia, including Pakistan.


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Herbs or small suffrutescent shrubs, annual or perennial, sometimes creeping. Leaves usually small, ovate to almost linear, entire. Flowers axillary, pedunculate, 1 to several-flowered dichasia or solitary, pedicellate or sessile in the leaf axils. Sepals free, equal or subequal. Corolla rotate, campanulate, funnel-shaped or salverform, the limb mostly entire, the folds pilose outside. Styles 2, free or basally united, each style deeply bifid for at least half its length, stigmas long, terete, filiform to subclavate. Fruits capsular, globose to ovoid. Seeds small, smooth or minutely verrucose.
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