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17. Platystemon Bentham, Trans. Hort. Soc. London. ser. 2, 1: 405. 1834.

Cream cups [Greek platus, broad, and stemon, stamen]

Gary L. Hannan

Herbs , annual, caulescent, usually distinctly pubescent, from fibrous roots. Stems leafy, erect to decumbent, branching distally. Leaves mostly opposite or whorled, sessile; blade broadly linear, unlobed. Inflorescences axillary or terminal, 1-flowerd; bracts absent; bud nodding. Flowers: receptacle slightly expanded beneath calyx; sepals 3, with overlapping, loosely connivent flaps; petals 6, occasionally more on robust specimens; stamens many in several series; filaments dilated distally; pistil 6-many-carpellate; ovary with each carpel forming almost closed locule with 4-24 ovules; stigmas 1 per carpel. Capsules erect or sometimes nodding, carpels dissociating, each torulose and breaking transversely into 1-seeded segments, sometimes also releasing free seeds. Seeds usually many, aril absent. x = 6.

Species 1 (1 in the flora): w United States


Hannan, G. L. 1982. Correlation of morphological variation in Platystemon californicus (Papaveraceae) with flower color and geography. Syst. Bot. 7: 35-47.

Lower Taxon


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