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Published In: Species Plantarum 1: 408. 1753. (1 May 1753) (Sp. Pl.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

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Acceptance : Accepted
Project data     (Last Modified On 9/10/2015)
Area distribution:

About 30 species in temperate Eurasia, chiefly in the Mediterranean region.


Some species used as soap substitute.    

Literature: Simmler G., Monographie der Cattung Saponaria. Denkschr. Akad. Wiss. Wien Math.-Nat. Kl. 75: 433-509 (1910).

Another species of this genus, Saponaria pumila Boiss., has been found in rocky slopes and screes on Mt. Hermon.


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Annual or perennial herbs. Leaves opposite, exstipulate. Flowers in loose or dense dichasia, sometimes solitary. Calyx cylindrical, 15-25-nerved, 5-toothed. Petals 5, long-clawed; coronal scales present or 0. Stamens 10. Ovary sessile or borne on a carpophore, 1-celled, many-ovuled, with central placentation; styles 2. Capsule oblong to obovoid, dehiscent by 4 teeth or valves. Seeds reniform or almost globular; embryo peripheral.


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