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Published In: Species Plantarum 1: 128. 1753. (1 May 1753) (Sp. Pl.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

Project Name Data (Last Modified On 7/12/2012)
Acceptance : Accepted
Project data     (Last Modified On 9/16/2015)
Area distribution:

About 25 species, chiefly in north-temperate regions.


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Dwarf annuals or perennials, often tufted. Leaves opposite, subulate, connate at base, exstipulate, the basal forming a rosette. Flowering shoots slender, prostrate or ascending. Flowers in dichasial cymes or solitary and terminal, usually on long pedicels. Sepals 4-5, free. Petals 4-5, entire or notched, sometimes O. Stamens 4-10. Ovary 1-celled, many-ovuled; styles 4-5, alternating with sepals. Capsule dehiscent to base into 4-5 valves. Seeds minute, reniform.    



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