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Published In: Collectanea 1: 101–103. 1786[1787]. (Collectanea) Name publication detail

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: About 300 species all in the warmer parts of the New World. A few have become naturalized weeds in similar areas of the Old World.


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Perennial or annual aromatic herbs. Stems erect, branched, with simple hairs. Leaves not divided, serrate, gland-dotted, petiolate. Flowers in shortly pedunculate regular cymes in leaf axils. Bracts small. Calyx tubular or campanulate, 10-nerved, not or scarcely bilabiate, clearly enlarged in fruit and prominently ribbed; tube with vinous hairs; teeth erect, subulate, equal or subequal. Corolla bilabiate, small, inconspicuous; upper lip 2-lobed; lower lip 3-lobed with a somewhat saccate base to the middle lobe; tube slender, not annulate within, scarcely exserted beyond calyx teeth. Stamens 4, included, didynamous, declinate; thecae becoming unilocular, glabrous. Style shortly bifid. Nutlets oblong, clearly compressed, emarginate, often only 1 or 2 developing.
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