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Record: oai:ARNO:503257

AuthorA.L. Stoffers
JournalFlora of the Netherlands Antilles
AbstractHerbs, rarely shrubs or trees. Leaves alternate or opposite, simple. Stipules usually wanting, when present small and caducous. Flowers usually solitary in the leaf-axils or by reduction of the leaves apparently arranged in spikes or racemes, hermaphrodite, actinomorphic or zygomorphic. Receptacle cylindric, prismatic, obconical or funnel-shaped. Sepals 2—7, free, valvate, persistent or deciduous. Petals 2—7 or wanting, free, contorted or imbricate. Stamens as many as the petals or twice as many and then bi-seriate, rarely only 1 or 2; when bi-seriate the epipetalous smaller and sometimes sterile; filaments free, filiform; anthers linear or oblong, 2-celled, introrse, with longitudinal dehiscence. Disk epigynous. Ovary inferior, 2—7-locular; style simple, filiform to cylindric; stigma lobed or capitate. Ovules numerous, on axile placentas. Fruit a capsule, nut or berry. Seeds small, one to numerous. Embryo straight or nearly so. Endosperm wanting. About 500 species in 20 genera, cosmopolitan but mostly in temperate regions.
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