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Published In: Species Plantarum 2: 1027. 1753. (1 May 1753) (Sp. Pl.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView 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 small genus of 3 species in Central & West Asia, represented by 2 species in Pakistan.


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Herbs, dioecious, glabrous or mealy, with usually alternate, flat leaves. Male flowers 4-5-merous, in glomerules forming a dense spicate-paniculate inflorescence; stamens exserted; female flowers axillary, without perianth but with 2 (-4) persistent bracteoles which become enlarged, connate and hardened in fruit, stigmas 4-5, protruding; seeds vertical.

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1 Segments of fruiting bracteoles free, with or without spiny outgrowths (cultivated). 1 Spinacia oleracea
+ Segments of fruiting bracteoles united into spiny corniculate aggregates; (cauline leaves of pistillate plants distinctly petiolate). 2 Spinacia turkestanica
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