Vahliaceae Dandy in Hutch., Fam. Fl. Pl., ed. 2: 461 (1959).
Part of the The Families and Genera of Vascular Plants book series (FAMILIES GENERA, volume 14)


Annual or perennial, erect, branched herbs or subshrubs, glabrous or pubescent; nodes unilacunar. Leaves opposite, sessile to subsessile, exstipulate, simple, ovate to linear, entire. Inflorescences axillary, of paired, small hermaphrodite, actinomorphic flowers. Perianth with distinct pentamerous calyx and corolla; calyx lobes valvate; petals free, valvate, obovate-spathulate, entire to crenate-dentate, sometimes hairy at the base inside; stamens 5, inserted on the margin of an epigynous disk, antesepalous, filaments free, subulate, glabrous or sparsely hairy, sometimes with scale-like appendage at the base; anthers 2-thecous, introrse, dorsifixed; ovary inferior, campanulate to subglobose, 2–3-carpellate, syncarpous, unilocular, with 2–3 distinct, glabrous or sparsely hairy stylodia, stigmata capitate; ovules numerous, attached to two pendulous placentas, anatropous, bitegmic, tenuinucellate. Fruit a subglobose or obovoid capsule, apically with 2–3 valves. All floral parts except anthers persistent. Seeds numerous, minute, oblong.


Calyx Lobe Base Inside Sieve Element Plastid Simple Perforation Plate Libriform Fibre 
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