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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 5/30/2013)

Flora Data (Last Modified On 5/30/2013)
Genus Oxypetalum R. Br.
PlaceOfPublication Mem. Wern. Soc. 1: 41. 1809, nonen conserv.
Note TYPE: 0. banksii J. A. Schultes.
Synonym Gothofreda Vent., Choix P1. Cels. 7, 5. 60. 1803, nomen rej. TYPE: G. cordifolia Vent.
Description Mostly scandent herbs, occasionally suffrutescent, usually pubescent. Leaves opposite, generally cordate and long petiolate. Cymes usually umbellate, terminal or axillary, few- to several-flowered. Flowers with the calyx 5-lobed, with or without basal interior glands; corolla usually white, yellow, or purplish, cam- panulate to subglobose, the tube short, deeply 5-lobed, the lobes usually narrow, contorted in bud; stamens inserted near the base of the tube, the corona 5-parted,
Habit herbs
Description adnate to the corolla or free, erect, the segments usually fleshy, ? retuse, emar- ginate or bifid, with or without interior appendages, the filaments forming a short tube, the anthers terminated by an inflexed membrane; pollinia pendulous, usually oblong, translators usually with strongly appendaged dorsal margins; stigma usually beaked, the beak frequently bifid. Follicles slender or thick- ened, smooth or tuberculate; seeds comose.
Distribution A New World genus of 80-100 species, all but one of which are now known only from South America.
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