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Published In: Species Plantarum 1: 271. 1753. (1 May 1753) (Sp. Pl.) 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 10 species in Europe, Africa, W. Asia, Australia and S. America.


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Annual or pertnnial glabrous herbs with decumbent stems. Leaves entire, all alternate or the lower ones sometimes opposite; stipules small, scarious. Flowers small, in axillary or terminal, dense, cymose inflorescences, minutely bracteate. Calyx persistent, parted into 5 white-margined lobes. Petals 5, free, as long as or longer than calyx. Stamens 5, inserted on the margin of the short perigynous disk. Ovary ovoid, 1-celled, with 1 ovule inserted at the apex of a long funicle; style 3-parted, very short. Fruit an indehiscent, 1-seeded, trigonous nutlet, enclosed in persistent calyx. Seed with membra¬nous coat; embryo annular, surrounding the copious endosperm.    



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