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Published In: Memoirs of the American Academy of Arts and Science, new series 4(1): 21–22. 1849. (Mem. Amer. Acad. Arts, n.s.) 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 genus with 3 species native in tropical and subtropical America, 2 of which are naturalized in other hemisphere.

Only 1 species is known from Pakistan.


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Herbs or undershrubs. Leaves elliptic-ovate, entire or lobed. Inflorescence terminal spike or axillary fascicles or flowers solitary. Flowers with 3, linear, persistent bracts. Calyx campanulate. Petals 5, obovate-cuneate, yellow. Staminal tube branched at the apex. Carpels 5-many; ovary 5-many loculed, each locule uniovulate, style branches as many as carpels; stigma capitate. Mericarps indehiscent, with or without awns, strigose. Seeds glabrous reniform, usually exalbuminous.
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