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Published In: Species Plantarum 2: 587. 1753. (1 May 1753) (Sp. 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)
Contributor Text: I.C. Hedge
General/Distribution: Two species in the Mediterranean area and SW Asia. Sometimes cultivated as an ornamental in other parts of the world, such as Pakistan.


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Annual glabrous herbs. Leaves simple, ovate-orbicular, crenate to lobed, long petiolate. Flowers borne in axils of upper leaves. Bracts subulate, spinose, spreading or deflexed. Calyx infundibuliform, in fruit much enlarged with membranous-reticulate broad spreading lobes. Corolla bilabiate; upper lip emarginate or entire, straight; lower lip 3-lobed, median lobe clearly larger; tube with an internal oblique annulus. Stamens 4, anterior pair longer; thecae bilocular, divergent. Nutlets clearly triquetrous, apically truncate.
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