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Published In: Species Plantarum 1: 463. 1753. (1 May 1753) (Sp. Pl.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

Project Name Data (Last Modified On 10/11/2011)
Acceptance : Accepted
Project data     (Last Modified On 9/9/2015)
Area distribution:

About 10 species in tropical and subtropical regions.


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Annual, tomentose (rarely glabrous) herbs. Leaves alternate or spuriously whorled, exstipulate. Flowers hermaphrodite, axillary, usually crowded at nodes, more or less pedicellate. Sepals 5, equal, imbricated. Petals 0 or indefinite, entire or 2-3-fid. Stamens 8-20, distinct or in groups. Ovary superior, 3-5-celled, many-ovuled; styles 3-5. Capsule incompletely 3-5-celled, membranous, 2-5-grooved, opening by 5 valves. Seeds reniform, with an entire caruncle; embryo curved, cylindrical.


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