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Published In: Systema Naturae, Editio Decima 2: 881, 859, 1360. 1759. (Syst. Nat. (ed. 10)) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView 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 17 species, mainly in the warm and temperate regions.


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Annual or perennial small glabrous herbs, often prostrate. Leaves opposite or in whorls of 4, usually oblong or obovate, stipulate; stipules scarious, silvery, sometimes with a green stripe in the middle. Cymes dichasial, many-flowered. Bracts scarious or with a green stripe. Flowers small. Sepals 5, free, keeled, hooded, narrowly scarious-margined. Petals 5, clawed, small, oblong to obovate, entire or emarginated to obcordate. Stamens 3-5, inserted on a perigynous disk. Ovary 1-celled, many-ovuled; style short, 3-fid. Capsule 3-valved. Seeds many or few, with convex back.    



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