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Published In: Species Plantarum 1: 223. 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 17 species in warm tropical and subtropical regions especially Australia.


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Procumbent, diffuse glabrous, papillose or pubescent-succulent, mostly annual herbs. Leaves opposite, petiolate or sessile, those of a pair often unequal, entire; leaf-bases membranous-dilated, often connate in pairs. Flowers axillary, solitary or clustered or glomerulate, sessile or pedicellate. Calyx campanulate, 5-lobed, each lobe with a dorsal subapical mucro. Petals 0. Stamens 5 to many, episepalous, alternate with calyx-lobes. Ovary superior of 1 carpel, 1-cell, apex truncate or depressed around the single style. Capsule membranous or coriacous. Seeds 2 to many.


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