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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 10/25/2012)

Flora Data (Last Modified On 10/25/2012)
PlaceOfPublication Melet. 20. 1832.
Description Plants terrestrial, the short caudex epigean or rarely hypogean; petioles usually longer than the blades, vaginate below, the blades membranaceous or herbaceous, glabrous or pubescent, commonly cordate or sagittate; peduncles several, shorter than the petioles; spathe usually greenish, convolute below, open above, persistent; spadix stipitate or sessile, slightly shorter than the spathe, the pistillate portion cylindroid, comprising half or less of the total length, the staminate portion con- tiguous with the pistillate; staminate flower with 2-4 or rarely 6 stamens, these short, truncate at the apex, the anther cells ovoid or oblong, equaling or longer than the filament, opening by an oval, apical pore; pistillate flowers 2- to 4- or rarely 5-gynous, the pistil ovoid to oblong or subglobose; ovary incompletely 2- to 4-celled, the ovules numerous; stigma sessile, discoid, orbicular or shallowly 2- to 4-lobate; berries obovoid to oblong or subglobose, incompletely 2- to 5-celled, the cells many-seeded; seeds attached by a long funicle, ellipsoid or elongate- ellipsoid, blackish brown, longitudinally striate.
Note The genus consists of about 80 species, chiefly in the Old World. The follow- ing is the only North American one.
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