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Published In: Tekhno-Botanicheskīĭ Slovar': na latinskom i rossīĭskom iazykakh. Sanktpeterburgie 541. 1820. (3 Aug 1820) (Tekhno-Bot. Slovar.) Name publication detail

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Contributor Text: Y. NASIR
Contributor Institution: Botany Department, Gordon College, Rawalpindi.
General/Distribution: A family of 6 genera and c. 70 species found mostly in dry habitats in Africa, S. Europe, Middle East, Central Asia to SE. Asia and Eastern U.S.A.
Comment/Acknowledgements: Acknowledgements: We are grateful to the U.S. Department of Agriculture for financing this research under P.L. 480. Thanks are also due to Dr. K.H. Rechinger (Vienna), Messrs. B.L. Burtt, I.C. Hedge & Miss J. Lamond of the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, for going through the manuscript and offering valuable suggestions.


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Herbs or shrubs. Leaves simple, sometimes lobed or included; stipules small, glandular. Inflorescence a spike or a raceme. Flowers zygomorphic, 4-7-merous. Sepals 4-7 or more, often irregular. Petals absent or 4-7, sometimes fewer, alternating with the sepals, often with a membranous appendage attached at the base. Stamens 3-many, free or united at the base. Disc, if present, infundibuliform or cupular, hypogynous. Carpels 2-6, rarely free; ovary lobed, unilocular; placentation parietal with numerous ovules. Fruit a capsule or a berry. Seeds many, reniform to subglobose, small.

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1 Petals, if present, 4-7 in number, well developed or reduced. Disc present (2)
+ Petals 2, reduced. Disc absent Oligomeris
2 (1) Annual or perennial herbs, up to 1 m tall. Petals well developed. Fruit a capsule Reseda
+ Shrubs, often straggling, up to 3 m tall. Petals absent or reduced. Fruit a berry or a capsule Ochradenus
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