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Published In: Species Plantarum 1: 488. 1753. (1 May 1753) (Sp. Pl.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

Project Name Data (Last Modified On 10/11/2011)
Acceptance : Accepted
Project data     (Last Modified On 9/9/2015)
Area distribution:

About 25 species mainly in Africa and Australia.


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Annual or perennial herbs or low shrubs. Leaves alternate or opposite, sessile or petiolate, usually fleshy, simple, exstipulate. Flowers hermaphrodite, axillary, solitary or in cymes. Perianth sepaloid, 5-cleft, with more or less turbinate or hemispherical tube. Stamens many, in groups, alternating with perianth segments ;anthers 2-celled. Ovary superior, 3-5-celled, each cell 2- to many-ovuled; stigmas 3-5. Capsule 3-5-celled, dehiscent loculicidally or by a star-shaped slit at apex.



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