• M. C. SheahanEmail author
Part of the The Families and Genera of Vascular Plants book series (FAMILIES GENERA, volume 10)


Annual and perennial herbs or suffrutescent shrubs to 100 cm tall, prostrate to ascending, with alternate branching. Leaves alternate, rarely (Tetradiclis) opposite, simple, deeply divided into linear segments or rarely entire; pseudostipules minute. Flowers bisexual, terminal or leaf-opposed, solitary or in spike-like cymes; sepals 4–5, persistent; petals 4–5, white or yellow; stamens 4 or 15 with filaments dilated below, attached to the intrastaminal annular or angular disk; ovary sessile, 3–4-locular; style simple, clavate, with 3(4) decurrent stigmatic lobes; ovules several to many per loculus, with axile placentation. Fruit a 3–4-locular capsule or a berry. Seeds albuminous.


Perennial Herb Endosperm Formation Exine Ornamentation Sieve Element Plastid Dehiscent Capsule 
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  1. 1.Jodrell LaboratoryRoyal Botanic Gardens KewRichmond, SurreyUK

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