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Published In: Species Plantarum 1: 423. 1753. (1 May 1753) (Sp. Pl.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

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Acceptance : Accepted
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Area distribution:

About 160 species, in many regions, chiefly in the northern hemisphere.



Literature: McNeill J., Taxonomic studies in the Alsinoideae: I. Generic and infra-generic groups. Not. Roy. Bot. Gard. Edinb. 24: 79-155 (1962). McNeill J., Taxonomic studies in the Alsinoideae: II. A revision of the species in the Orient. Not. Roy. Bot. Gard. Edinb. 24: 241-404 (1963).

An additional annual species, A. cassia Boiss., grows in rock crevices in Mt. Hermon.


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Annual or perennial herbs or dwarf-shrubs. Stems slender. Leaves opposite, small, exstipulate. Flowers many in terminal Or axillary dichasial cymes or sometimes solitary. Sepals 5, free. Petals 5, rarely 0, white or pink, entire or emarginate. Stamens 10(5), inserted on a nectariferous disk. Ovary 2-5-carpelled, 1-celled, many-ovuled; styles 2-3 (rarely 4-5). Capsule dehiscing to base by 6 entire or 3-fid valves. Seeds usually reniform, tuberculate.



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