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Record: oai:ARNO:503260

AuthorA.L. Stoffers
JournalFlora of the Netherlands Antilles
AbstractHerbs, shrubs or undershrubs. Leaves alternate or rosulate, simple. Stipules wanting. Inflorescence consisting of simple or compound spikes or clusters. Flowers hermaphrodite, actinomorphic. Bracts 1; bracteoles 1 or more. Calyx tubular or funnel-shaped, ribbed; the limb 5-toothed or 5-lobed, membranaceous and hyaline between the lobes. Corolla 5-lobed; petals connate at the base only or united into a tube shorter or longer than the calyx. Stamens 5, epipetalous; filaments filiform; anthers ovate or oblong, dorsifixed, with longitudinal dehiscence. Ovary superior, stipitate or sessile, 1-locular; styles 5, distinct or more or less connate; stigmas capitate or linear. Ovules solitary, anatropous, pendulous. Fruit usually enveloped by the calyx, an utricle or achene, rarely a dehiscent capsule. Seed solitary; testa membranaceous. Endosperm floury. Embryo straight. About 300 species in 10 genera, widely distributed in the world, often in saline habitats.
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