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Published In: Species Plantarum 1: 171. 1753. (1 May 1753) (Sp. Pl.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

Project Name Data (Last Modified On 6/2/2011)
Acceptance : Accepted
Project Data     (Last Modified On 6/3/2011)
Contributor Text: YASIN J. NASIR
General/Distribution: c.10-15 cosmopolitan species, but mainly in the S. Hemisphere. Represented in Pakistan by 1 species.


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Glabrous annual or perennials. Basal leaves rosulate, the upper ones alternate, entire, Inflorescence a raceme or a corymb. Flowers usually small, bracteolate. Calyx campanulate, 5-lobed. Corolla rotate, exceeding the calyx. Stamens 5, epipetalous, opposite the corolla lobes and alternating with staminodes; staminodes linear or broad, present between the sinuses of the lobes. Ovary semi-inferior, style short, stigma subcapitate. Capsule dehiscence valvular. Seeds many, small.

Because of the presence of a semi-inferior ovary, Samolus is given a somewhat isolated position within the Primulaceae; this view is supported to some extent by the seed morphology and the corollar epidermal structure. The genus has been variously assigned to the level of a tribe (Samoleae, by authors as Duby (1844), Boissier (1879), Knuth (1905 etc.) or a family (Samolaceae, Dumortier, Anal. Fam. Pl. 29. 1829).

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