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Published In: Species Plantarum 2: 647. 1753. (1 May 1753) (Sp. 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 25 species throughout most of the northern hemisphere; only 1 doubtful species recorded from our area.


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Annual, biennial or perennial herbs, erect or suberect, sparsely branched, glabrous or sparsely hairy with simple hairs. Leaves often fleshy, simple, entire or sinuate-toothed. Racemes short, corymbose, rarely lax, few to many flowered, ebracteate. Flowers small, white rarely yellow or lilac; pedicel ascending or spreading, filiform, often flexuose and elongated in fruit. Sepals spreading, not saccate at base. Petals obovate-oblong, shortly clawed. Stamens 6; filaments linear. Lateral nectar glands in pairs, short, somewhat triangular; middle absent. Ovary ovoid, suborbicular or orbicular, few to many ovuled; style short with a capitate stigma. Siliculae ovoid, globose or ellipsoid, somewhat inflated, bilocular, dehiscent; valves with a distinct mid-vein and reticulate venation, not winged; seeds biseriate, few to many, small, oblong, subcompressed, brown; septum generally broadly elliptic, membranous, not veined; radicle accumbent.
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