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Published In: Journal d'Histoire Naturelle 2: 3, 5, pl. 25. 1792. (J. Hist. Nat.) Name publication detailView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

Project Name Data (Last Modified On 7/15/2012)
Acceptance : Accepted
Project data     (Last Modified On 9/17/2015)
Area distribution:

About 50 species, mainly in tropical regions.


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Annual or usually perennial herbs or shrubs. Leaves opposite or spuriously whorled, with scarious stipules. Flowers many, in paniculate or corymbose cymes. Sepals 5 (-8), free, not keeled, scarious-margined. Petals 5, generally shorter than calyx, lanceolate, entire or emargi¬nate. Stamens 5, free or connate at base, sometimes with 3-5 stanninodes opposite petals. Perigynous disk present. Ovary 1-celled, few- or many-ovuled; style with capitate or 3-lobed stigma. Capsule 3-valved. Seeds pear-shaped to almost reniform.



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