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Published In: Enumeratio Plantarum . . . 1: 205–210. 1804. (Enum. 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 100 species, mostly in tropical and subtropical America; represented here by 1, cultivated, ornamental species.


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Herbs or shrubs, with opposite or alternate, entire or dentate leaves and long, terminal spikes. Flowers sessile or somewhat immersed into the rachis, bracteate, small. Calyx-tube narrow, 5-lobed or toothed, persistent, not enlarged in fruit. Corolla-tube cylindrical, as long as the calyx; limb subequally or equally 5-lobed. Stamens 4 but only 2 anterior fertile and with divergent anther cells, included. Ovary 2-locular with 1 ovule in each locule; style filiform with capitate or subcapitate stigma. Fruit dry, linear-oblong, splitting into two, 1-seeded pyrenes; seeds linear, erect, exalbuminous.
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