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Published In: Beiträge zur Botanik 2: 158. 1825. (Dec 1825) (Beitr. Bot.) Name publication detail

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Contributor Text: Y. NASIR
Contributor Institution: Botany Department, Gordon College, Rawalpindi.
General/Distribution: A family of 2 genera and 32 species, tropical to sub-tropical. Often included in the Aizoaceae, from which it differs in being exclusively herbaceous, and having sepals free or nearly so, and superior ovary.


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Annual or perennial herbs. Leaves opposite to sub-opposite or sub-verti¬cillate, usually exstipulate. Flowers small, bisexual, regular, solitary or in cymose clusters. Sepals 5, free or united at the base, persistent. Petals absent; petaloid staminodes often present. Stamens 3-20, filaments free or united at the base, anthers bilocular, dehiscing longitudinally. Ovary superior, placentation axile. Fruit dry, membranous, dehiscing loculicidally by 3-5 valves. Seeds endospermic.

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1 Leaves opposite. Staminodes present. Plant parts stellately hairy. Flowers in axillary clusters. Stigmas 5 Glinus
+ Leaves pseudo-verticillate, alternate or basal. Staminodes usually absent. Plants not stellately hairy. Flowers in racemose or cymose order. Stigmas 3 Mollugo
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