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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 10/31/2012)

Flora Data (Last Modified On 10/31/2012)
PlaceOfPublication Sp. P1. 285. 1753.
Synonym Karatas Plum. Gen. 10. 1703. Pinguin Dill. Hort. Elth. 3 2 0. 17 3 2. Karatas Mill. Gard. Dict. Abr. ed. 4. 1754. Psedomelia Neck. Elem. 3:150. 1790. Agallostachys Beer, Bromel. 16, 35. 1857. Distiacanthus Baker, Handb. Bromel. 13. 1889.
Description Coarse terrestrial herbs, spreading by subterranean stolons. Leaves usually rosulate with large curved spines along the margin. Inflorescence sessile or stipitate, always compound. Sepals free or somewhat united, obtuse or acute, rarely mucronate. Petals rarely with a definite claw, dorsally united by the filaments but their margins free, not appendaged, fleshy in most species. Stamens included, their filaments forming a long or short tube at base. Anthers narrow, acute. Ovary passing gradually into the thick pedicel, the epigynous tube conspicuous to nearly lacking. Berry succulent, relatively large. Seeds few to many, flattened.
Key a. Inflorescence elongate, lax, scapose -1. B. PINGUIN aa. Inflorescence a capitiform panicle sunk in the center of the leaf-rosette, covered with coarse elongate dark brown scales as are also the leaf- bases - 2. B. KARATAS
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