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Published In: The Civil and Natural History of Jamaica in Three Parts 358–359. 1756. (10 Mar 1756) (Civ. Nat. Hist. Jamaica) 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)
General/Distribution: About 80 species in the American tropics, one cultivated species in Pakistan.
Type: Type species: Iresine celosioides Nutt., Gen. N. Am. Pl. 2: 237. (1818).


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Annual or perennial herbs, shrubs or subshrubs, sometimes scandent, rarely small trees, with opposite leaves and branches; leaves simple, entire or ± incised. Flowers hermaphrodite, polygamous or dioecious, bibracteolate, in axillary and terminal bracteate spikes, sometimes condensed to capitula or frequently paniculate; bracts and bracteoles small, membranous. Perianth segments 5, free, frequently pilose or lanate. Stamens 5, shortly monadelphous at the base, pseudo-staminodes occasionally well-developed, more commonly short or obsolete. Stigmas 2-3, elongate, or sometimes capitate in functionally male flowers. Ovary with a single pendulous ovule. Capsule membranous, indehiscent.
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