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1. Lilaea Bonpland in A. von Humboldt and A. J. Bonpland, Plantae Aequinoctiales. 1: 221. 1808.

Flowering-quillwort [for French botanist Alire Raffeneau-Delile, 1778--1850]

Herbs, annual. Roots without terminal tubers. Rhizomes slender, short. Leaves erect, terete, with aerenchyma tissue; sheath with ligule free. Inflorescences both scapose and sessile; spikelike racemes or solitary flowers; scapes shorter than leaves, terminated by spikes; spikes racemes with pistillate flowers near base, bisexual medially, staminate proximally; sessile inflorescences 2 or more, with solitary flowers pistillate flower only, 2 or more, sessile. Flowers bisexual and unisexual, to 5 types, sessile; tepals 0--1, green, linear; stamens 0--1; anthers sessile; pistils 1; ovules 1. Bisexual and staminate flowers: tepal present. Pistillate flowers: tepal present, style 0.5--2 mm or tepal absent, style 0.2--30 cm. Fruits nutlets, angular, beaked.

Species 1: North America, Central America, South America.

Lower Taxon


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