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Published In: Species Plantarum 1: 89. 1753. (1 May 1753) (Sp. Pl.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

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Area distribution:

About 150 species, mainly in the extratropical regions of the northern hernisphere.



Literature: Mattfeld J., Geographisch-genetische Untersuchungen uber die Gattung Minuartia (L.) Hiern. Repert. Sp. Nov. Beth. 15: 1-228 (1922). McNeill J., Taxonomic studies in the Alsinoideae: I. Generic and infra-generic groups. Not. Roy. Bo.t.. Gard. Edinb. 24: 79-155 (1962). McNeill J., Taxonomic studies in the Alsinoideae II. A revision of the species in the Orient. Not. Roy. Bot. Gard. Edinb. 24: 241-404 (1963).

Two additional species are found on Mt. Hermon: The rare M. hamata (Hausskn. & Bornm.) Mattf., and the common perennial M. juniperina (L.) Maire et Petitmengin.


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Annual or perennial herbs or sometimes dwarf-shrubs. Leaves opposite,. linear or subulate, rarely oblong or lanceolate, exstipulate. Flowers small, in dichasial . cymes or solitary, terminal. Sepals 5 (4), free. Petals 5 (4 or 0), white or pinkish, entir or retuse. Stamens 10 or rarely less, inserted on the perigynous disk with simple or 2-fid lobes. Ovary 1-celled, usually many-ovuled; styles 3, sometimes more. Capsule dehiscing by 3 (-5) valves or teeth. Seeds many, almost reniform.



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