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Published In: Species Plantarum 1: 406. 1753. (1 May 1753) (Sp. Pl.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

Project Name Data (Last Modified On 7/10/2012)
Acceptance : Accepted
Project data     (Last Modified On 9/16/2015)
Area distribution:

About 10 species in temperate Europe and the Mediterranean, expanding to Africa (Ethiopia), Asia and Australia, introduced or invaded into N. America.



Literature: Roessler W., Die Scleranthus- Arten Osterreich und seiner Nachbarlander, Ost. Bot. 102: 30-72 (1955); Phyton 7: 206-224 (1957).    

Mostly weedy plants with autogamous breeding system.


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Annuals to perennial weedy herbs. Stems procumbent to erect, pubescent along one or two opposite sides. Leaves opposite, linear, expanding below into membraneous connate and often ciliolate bases; stipules absent. Flowers tiny, arranged in lax or dense, axillary or terminal cymes; bracts leaf-like. Sepals 5, equal or nearly so. Petals absent. Stamens 1-10 (1-10 fertile). Ovary bi-valved; styles 2, long, filiform., free. Fruit nutlet-like, enclosed by indurate calyx (plus the enlarged wall of the perigynous zone). Seeds smooth.


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