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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 10/31/2012)

Flora Data (Last Modified On 10/31/2012)
PlaceOfPublication Sp. P1. 60. 1753.
Synonym Ananthopus Raf. Fl. Ludovic. 20. 1817. Commelyna Kunth, Enum. 4:35. 1843. Sauvallea Wright in Sauv. Fl. Cuba, 156. 1873. Comnelinantia Tharp, Bull. Torrey Bot. Club 49:269. 1922.
Description Small or mediocre, caulescent, subsucculent annuals. Leaves alternate, sheath- ing at the base. Inflorescences chiefly terminal, simply scorpioid, few-flowered, more or less enclosed by a conduplicate spathaceous bract. Sepals 3, subequal. Petals 3, two posterior equal, the anterior more or less reduced, frequently greatly so. Stamens 6, the upper 3 sterile, with cruciate anthers, the lower 3 fertile. Pistil 2- to 3-celled. Capsules loculicidally dehiscent.
Key a. Flowering spathes rounded and open at the base; plants creeping, rel- atively small -----1. C. DIFFUSA aa. Flowering spathes closed and truncate at the base; plants essentially erect, relatively large _ - _ - --- 2. C. ELEGANS
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