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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 8/16/2013)

Flora Data (Last Modified On 8/16/2013)
Genus Scoparia L.
PlaceOfPublication Sp. PI. 116. 1753
Note TYPE: S. dulcis L.
Description Herbs or weak shrubs, much branched, glandular punctate, the branches slender, alternate. Leaves opposite, mostly small and narrow, apically dentate or entire, sometimes dissected, basally cuneate; petioles indistinct. Inflorescence 1-several flowered in the leaf axils, the pedicels filiform. Flowers small, the corolla white, blue or reddish, 4-lobed nearly to the base, 1 (posterior) lobe emarginate, glabrous outside, densely bearded inside with long hairs; stamens 4, alike, the filaments glabrous, inserted in the corolla tube, the anthers ovoid, versatile, ex- serted; ovary ellipsoidal or hemispheric, glabrous, the style glabrous, mostly short, the stigma punctiform, exserted. Capsule globose, dehiscing septicidally and loculicidally from the apex; seeds numerous, minute, reticulate.
Habit Herbs or weak shrubs
Distribution a pantropical weed.
Note Some species are used for medicinal teas.
Reference Chodat, R. 1908. Etude critique des genres Scoparia L. et Hasslerella Chod. Bull..Herb. Boissier ser. 2, 8: 1-16; 85-89. Fries, R. E. 1906. Systematische tbersicht der Gattung Scoparia. Ark. Bot. 6(9): 1-31, tab. 8. Fries, R.E. 1908, 1909. Einige weitere Bermerkungen fiber die Gattung Scoparia. Bull. Herb. Boissier ser. 2, 8: 934-940.
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