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Genus MENTZELIA L.
PlaceOfPublication Syst. ed. 10. 1076. 1759
Reference Urb. in Nova Acta Abh. K. Leop.-Carol. Deutsch. Akad. Naturf. 76:22. 1900.
Synonym Bartonia Pursh, in Sims, Bot. Mag. sub t. I487. 1812, non Muhl. Acrolasia Presl, Rel. Haenk. 2:39. 183 5. Torreya Eaton, Man. Bot. ed. 7. 560. 1836, nec Arm. nec alior. Creolobus Lilj. Fl. Oefver Sver. OdR. Vext. 67. 1839. Trachyphytum Nutt. ex Torr. & Gray, Fl. N. Am. 1:533. 1840. Chrysostoma Lilj. in Linnaea 15:263. 1841. Hesperaster Cockerell, in Torreya 1:142. 1901.
Description Herbaceous annuals or perennials, rarely small shrubs or trees, the stems and foliage scabrous and hispid, but without stinging hairs. Leaves alternate or op- posite, variously incised or lobed. Inflorescence terminal, cymose, usually few- flowered. Flowers large to mediocre; sepals foliaceous, 5; petals 5-10, free or barely united at the base; stamens 10 to very numerous, free or united at the base of the filaments, wholly fertile or the outermost becoming petaloid and sterile; ovary inferior, 1-celled, with few to numerous ovules borne upon 3-7 parietal placentas, the style elongate, filiform, the stigma scarcely dilated, capitate or obscurely divided. Fruit an apically dehiscent 3- to 7-valved capsule.
Habit Herb
Distribution A genus of nearly 100 species, principally in the western United States and Mexico, but extending along the Pacific coast of South America to Patagonia. A single species is known from Panama.
 
 
 
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