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Published In: Flore d'Egypte, exporation des planches 148. 1813. (Fl. Egypte) Name publication detail

Project Name Data (Last Modified On 5/10/2022)
Acceptance : Accepted
Project Data     (Last Modified On 7/23/2018)
Contributor Text: R.R. Mill
Contributor Institution: Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, Scotland


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Glabrous, prostrate or creeping annual herbs, often submerged or floating. Leaves opposite, petiolate, rather succulent especially when small, entire. Flowers very small 1-3 together in leaf axils. Pedicels ebracteolate. Calyx tubular, 5-ribbed, with 5 teeth or short lobes. Corolla with short tube and 5 subequal lobes. Stamens 2; filaments arched, ± dilated at base; anthers 1-celled; staminodes 0.Ovary bilocular. Style short, dilated towards apex into a broad spathulate stigma recurved over the stamens. Fruit a globose or ovoid capsule, bursting irregularly or septicidal; valves entire or 2-fid, separating from placentiferous axis. Seeds numerous, small, ovoid.

Two species in the Old World tropics, one of them endemic to Australia (Northern Territory). Represented in Pakistan by one species.

In the APG III classification (2009) Peplidium is included in the family Phyrmaceae.

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