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4. Cypselea Turpin, Ann. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat. 7: 219, plate 121. 1806.

[Greek kypsele, a hollow box or chest, such as a beehive, which the capsule is thought to resemble]

Wayne R. Ferren Jr.

Herbs, annual, mat-forming, glabrous. Roots fibrous. Stems prostrate. Leaves cauline, opposite, those of each pair unequal; stipules sheathing stem, attached to proximal petiole margins, scarious, fringed; blade flat, elliptical to obovate, smooth, tapered to base, margins entire. Inflorescences axillary, flowers solitary; bracts foliaceous; bracteoles scarious, fringed. Flowers inconspicuous, 2-3 mm diam.; calyx campanulate; calyx lobes 4-5, unequal; petals and petaloid staminodia absent; stamens (1-)3, alternating with calyx lobes; pistil usually 2-carpellate; ovary superior, 1-loculed, ovoid to globose; placentation free-central; styles and stigmas usually 2. Fruits capsules, dehiscence circumscissile. Seeds ca. 150; arils persistent on placentas, slender.

Species 8 (1 in the flora): introduced; Mexico, West Indies, South America.

Lower Taxon


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