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Published In: Species Plantarum 1: 3. 1753. (1 May 1753) (Sp. Pl.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

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Acceptance : Accepted
Project Data     (Last Modified On 6/3/2011)
General/Distribution: A genus of c. 40 species, tropical to subtropical, S. Europe and S. United States. Represented in Pakistan by 4-5 species.


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Herbs with opposite leaves, often glandular. Inflorescence capitate or paniculate. Flowers small, sessile or with jointed pedicels, bracteate. Perianth infundibuliform or campanulate, 5-lobed. Stamens 5-1, exserted; filaments connate at the base. Stigma peltate or capitate. Anthocarp clavate, turbinate, fusiform or obovoid, usually 5-ribbed, often glandular.

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1 Branches erect. Leaves lanceolate or elliptic. Flowers with pedicels 2-3 cm long, slender Boerhavia rubicunda
+ Branches diffuse, straggling to prostrate. Leaves ovate or ovate-lanceolate, oblong or subcordate. Flowers sessile or subsessile (2)
2 (1) Branches slender, opposite and arising 2 per node. Leaves lanceolate or ovate-lanceolate or oblong. Stamens 2 Boerhavia diandra
+ Branches alternate, 1 per node. Leaves ovate, oblong to subcordate. Stamens 2-3 (3)
3 (2) Flowers in strict axillary cymes, barely exceeding foliage Boerhavia repens
+ Flowers in diffuse terminal panicles, well exceeding the foliage (4)
4 (3) Anthocarp fusiform Boerhavia diffusa
+ Anthocarp turbinate to broadly clavate. Boerhavia procumbens
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