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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 3/12/2013)

Flora Data (Last Modified On 3/12/2013)
PlaceOfPublication K. Sv. Vetenskapsakad. Handl. [ser. 4] 43(4): 96. 1908.
Description Herbs or shrubs, the indumentum of stellate and often also simple hairs. Leaves petiolate (at least the lower ones), the stipules caducous, the blade cordate, the margins usually dentate, sometimes inconspicuously so. Flowers axillary and solitary, or in paniculiform, or spiciform inflorescences; epicalyx wanting; calyx 5-merous, campanulate or somewhat turbinate, lobed to about the middle, per- sistent; corolla small or medium-sized, the petals 5, the base adnate to the staminal tube; staminal tube short, ventricose, filamentiferous at the apex, the filaments numerous, the anthers reniform; ovary of 5-11 carpels, each carpel 3-ovulate, the ovules anatropous, pendulous; styles isomerous with the carpels, the stigmas capi- tate. Fruits stellate-turbinate or shortly cylindric, of 5-11 mericarps, these usually apiculate to rostrate apically, more or less divided into 2 superposed cavities by a transversal, membranous, tongue-like projection of the dorsal wall (endoglossum), the lower cavity with 1 seed, the upper with 2 collateral or superposed seeds, ulti- mately incompletely 2-valvate; seeds subglobose-reniform, glabrous or pubescent; embryo curved, the albumen scant.
Habit Herbs shrubs
Distribution An entirely American genus of about 15 species, ranging from southern Texas and the West Indies to Argentina. Only one species is at the present time reported from Panama.
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