• A. N. MuellnerEmail author
Part of the The Families and Genera of Vascular Plants book series (FAMILIES GENERA, volume 10)


Perennial herbs with woody, occasionally tuberous rhizomes. Leaves alternate, pinnate or pinnatisect, with the (pseudo-?)stipules adnate to the petiole. Inflorescences pedunculate panicles or spikes; pedicels with prophylls. Flowers actinomorphic, bisexual, 5-merous; sepals distinct, imbricate; petals distinct, imbricate, sometimes contorted, often denticulate at the apex, sometimes unguiculate, alternate with 5 fleshy extrastaminal nectary glands; stamens 10; filaments shortly connate; anthers tetrasporangiate, dorsifixed, opening longitudinally, introrse; gynoecium 5-carpellate; ovary superior, on short gynophore, deeply 5-lobed; ovules 1 per loculus, pendulous; stylodia arising from the base of the ovarioles, filiform, connected above into a capitate stigma. Fruit a schizocarp, dehiscing into 5 indehiscent 1-seeded, dry, rugose, crustaceous nutlets. Seeds large, rugulose, with a rounded raphe; endosperm scanty; embryo slightly curved; cotyledons foliaceous. n = 5.


Glandular Trichome Pollen Morphology Outer Integument Reduce Wall Thickening Capitate Stigma 
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  1. 1.Biodiversität & Klima Forschungszentrum (BiK-F) & Goethe-UniversitätFrankfurt am MainGermany

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