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Published In: Species Plantarum 1: 117. 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: About 20 species, chiefly in the Mediterranean region; represented here by 1 species.
Comment/Acknowledgements: Capsular fruit shows close resemblance with members of the family Leonticaceae but placentation, root stock and floral construction different.


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Perennial, rhizomatous herbs with ternate, compound leaves; leaflets usually ovate-cordate, serrate; petiole and petiolule whitish or pale. Inflorescence panicled, usually terminal. Flowers 2-merous, white or coloured, protogynous. Perianth segments 8, outer 4 sepaloid, inner 4 petaloid with the innermost whorl curiously shoe-shaped (proximal portion flat and distal end tubular bearing nectaries in it). Stamens 4; anther valves curling backwards over the stigma. Capsule 1-celled, dry, dehiscing by 2, unequal decidous valves leaving the seeds attached to the placenta; seeds usually several, 2-seriate, with a fleshy or membranous aril.
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