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Published In: Annales des Sciences Naturelles; Botanique, série 4, 1: 187. 1854. (Ann. Sci. Nat., Bot., sér. 4,) Name publication detailView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

Project Name Data (Last Modified On 6/2/2011)
Acceptance : Accepted
Project Data     (Last Modified On 6/3/2011)
General/Distribution: A genus of 3-4 species, distributed in tropical Africa and Asia.


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Monoecious or dioecious, annual or perennial herbs, without stinging hairs. Leaves 3-costate, opposite, anisophyllous, petiolate, membranous, serrate-dentate; stipules interpetiolar, scarious. Inflorescence a pedunculate axillary, solitary capitulum like discoid cluster of either male or female or more rarely of mixed flowers. Flowers sessile to pedicellate, bracteolate. Calyx 4-5-lobed in male flowers, lobes slightly unequal, imbricate; unequally 3-lobed in female. Stamens 4-5; staminodes scaly in female flowers. Ovary upright, style absent, stigma penicillate; pistillode small in male flowers. Achene flattened, ovate, partly enveloped by persistent calyx.
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