Tribelaceae (Engl.) Airy Shaw, Kew Bull. 18: 269 (1965).Tribeleae Engl. in Engler & Prantl, Nat. Pflanzenfam., 2nd edn, 18a: 111 (1930) (‘Tribeliseae’).
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Part of the The Families and Genera of Vascular Plants book series (FAMILIES GENERA, volume 14)


Small creeping subshrubs, roots developing from the nodes; entire plant glabrous. Leaves alternate, pinnately veined with sheathing leaf-bases, simple, glaucescent, leaf margins entire but conspicuously tridentate at leaf tip. Flowers solitary, terminal, bisexual, ± actinomorphic, pentamerous; sepals basally fused, imbricate in bud, persistent; petals appearing distinct, imbricate or slightly contorted in bud; stamens oppositisepalous, distinct and isomerous with the petals, anthers basifixed, dithecal and tetrasporangiate; ovary epigynous, of three carpels, syncarpous, trilocular, style simple, stigma tri-lobed; fertile ovules numerous, anatropous, unitegmic, tenuinucellate. Fruit a many-seeded, ovate, loculicidal leathery capsule, seeds remaining attached to fruit axis after dehiscence. Endosperm nuclear, seeds small, rounded to obovate, testa black.


Calcium Oxalate Leaf Margin Calcium Oxalate Crystal Floral Nectary Floral Anatomy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Pharmacognosy, Dept. of Medicinal ChemistryUppsala University, BMC – Biomedical CenterUppsalaSweden

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