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Published In: Prodromus Florae Novae Hollandiae 475. 1810. (Prodr.) 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: KAMAL AKHTAR MALIK & ABDUL GHAFOOR
General/Distribution: A large genus of c. 200 species, distributed in Tropics of America. Represented in Pakistan by the following cultivated species.

 

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Erect shrubs or basally woody herbs. Leaves petiolate, usually large, oblong to elliptic, entire, spinose-dentate, crenate or sometimes sinuately lobed, cystoliths absent. Inflorescence a terminal or axillary spike. Flowers sessile, large, red, yellow, orange or white; bracts large, showy, ovate to lanceolate, entire, dentate or ciliate, imbricate; bracteoles akin to calyx lobes or reduced. Calyx deeply 5-lobed, lobes ± equal or the posterior lobe broader, lanceolate. Corolla tube straight or incurved, the limb 2-lipped, the upper lip erect, shallowly 2-lobed or entire, the lower lip reflexed or patent, 3-lobed. Stamens 4, all fertile, ± exserted or shorter than the upper lip; anthers monothecous, dorsifixed, hairy at apex, muticous. Ovary bilocular, each locule biovulate; style long, stigma obtuse or shallowly 2-fid. Capsule oblong-clavate, slightly contracted at base. Seeds 4, compressed, ± orbicular silky hairy.
 
 
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