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Published In: Characteres Generum Plantarum [second edition] 39–40, pl. 20. 1776. (1 May 1776) (Char. Gen. Pl. (ed. 2)) 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: DANIEL F. AUSTIN
Contributor Institution: Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida, USA
General/Distribution: A small genus of about 12 species scattered throughout the tropics. One American species has been introduced in Pakistan.


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Herbs with slender, glabrous or pubescent stems which are mostly repent. Leaves cordate-orbicular to reniform with long petioles small, entire. Flowers incospicuous, axillary, greenish-yellow, solitary and pedicellate. Corolla broadly campanulate, deeply 5-lobed, the lobes induplicate. Ovary bilobate, 4-ovuled, the lobes distinct or basally united. Styles 2, attached between the ovary lobes and appearing almost gynobasic. Fruit capsular or utriculate, membranous, usually 1-seeded, irregularly bivalvate or indehiscent. Seeds subglobose, smooth.
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