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Published In: Species Plantarum 2: 690. 1753. (1 May 1753) (Sp. Pl.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

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General/Distribution: A genus with c. 45 species, chiefly Mediterranean, but extending to the Canaries, N.W. Himalaya, Central Asia, F.Siberia, Australia and U.S.A. (California). In Pakistan it is represented by 2 species.


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Annual or perennial herbs, or large shrubs covered with simple or stellate hairs. Leaves petiolate, palmately, deeply or slightly lobed, angular or rarely entire; stipules usually foliaceous, persistent. Flowers axillary, solitary or fasciculate, or in terminal raceme, showy, pedicellate, bracteate; bracts 3-6, mostly fused. Sepals 5, fused. Petals 5, usually emerginate. Staminal tube branched at the apex. Carpels 6-many; ovary many loculed, each locule I-ovuled; style filiform, branched, enlarged at the base; stigmas decurrent. Fruit-schizocarp, usually indehiscent, central axis projecting above the mericarps. Seed solitary, transversely ribbed or smooth, erect.

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1 Annual. Stem simple or 2-rayed retrorsely hairy. Staminal tube glabrous. Carpels 10-18 Lavatera trimestris
+ Perennial. Stem stellate pubescent. Staminal tube long hairy. Carpels 20 or more Lavatera cachemiriana
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