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Published In: Flora Čechica 94. 1819. (Fl. Čech.) Name publication detail

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General/Distribution: A cosmopolitan genus of 40 species, mostly of saline and sandy habitat. Represented in Pakistan by 3 species, distributed, more or less throughout the plains, but absent from the northern areas.


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Annual or perennial herbs, usually with a woody base. Stems ± erect or decumbent. Leaves linear, opposite and decussate. Short stemmed leaf fascicles present in the leaf axils, the leaves thus appearing whorled. Stipules scarious, connate. Sepals 5. Petals 5. Stamens 1-10. Styles 3. Capsule dehiscing by 3 valve Seeds often winged.

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1 Seeds all unwinged or dimorphic-winged and unwinged. Stamens less than 10. Sepals usually less than 4 mm. Capsule 6 mm or less (2)
+ Seeds all winged. Stamens 10. Sepals usually more than 4 mm. Capsule more than 6 mm long 1 Spergularia media
2 (1) Capsule less than 3.5 mm, about equalling the sepals. Inflorescence with slender pedicels. Seeds unwinged, black or blackish brown 3 Spergularia diandra
+ Capsule more than 3.5 mm. Inflorescence with stouter pedicels. Seeds brown. unwinged or dimorphic 2 Spergularia marina
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