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Published In: Species Plantarum 1: 480. 1753. (1 May 1753) (Sp. Pl.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

Project Name Data (Last Modified On 10/11/2011)
Acceptance : Accepted
Project data     (Last Modified On 9/9/2015)
Area distribution:

About 85 species in the Southern hemisphere, mainly in S. Africa.


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Annual herbs or subshrubs, minutely papillose to glabrous. Stems erect, ascending, prostrate or climbing. Leaves alternate, entire, fleshy, exstipulate, greenish or yellowish. Calyx tube produced above the ovary; lobes 3-5, short, often unequal. Stamens few to many, alternating with the calx-lobes. Ovary half-inferior or inferior, 1-9-celled with 1 pendulous ovule in each cell. Styles as many as cells. Capsule obconical or globose, hard, dry, indehiscent, terete, often horned or spiny at top.


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