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Published In: Dictionnaire raisonné de botanique 188. 1817. (12--19 Apr 1817) (Dict. Rais. Bot.) Name publication detail

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Contributor Text: Y. Nasir
Contributor Institution: Stewart Herbarium, Gordon College, Rawalpindi.
General/Distribution: A family of 5 genera and about 75 species; widely distributed in deserts and sandy coastal areas throughout the world. Closely related to Tamari¬caceae from which it can be distinguished by its opposite leaves, the connate sepals and the flowers which are axillary solitary or in dichasial cymes.
Comment/Acknowledgements: Acknowledgements: We are grateful to the United States Department of Agriculture for financing this research under P.L. 480.


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Perennial herbs or undershrubs. Stem jointed, often with deposition of calcium carbonate. Leaves simple, opposite, exstipulate. Flowers axillary, solitary or in dichasial cymes, hermaphrodite, regular. Calyx tubular, 4-6 lobed, persistent. Petals 4-7, clawed, free. Stamens 3-24. Carpels usually 3, syncarpous; ovary unilocular; placentation parietal with indefinite ovules. Capsule loculicidal, enclosed within the persistent calyx; seeds many, small.
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