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Acanthaceae A. L. Jussieu

爵床科

Acanthaceae
Acanthus mollis

Credit: Xiangying Wen

Habit: shrub, herb, liana

Taxon group: dicots

Plant: dioecious

Leaf: position: opposite

Leaf: blade: margin: entire, dentate

Leaf: stipules: absent

Flowers: inflorescence: raceme

Flowers: sexuality: bisexual, polygamous

Flowers: symmetry: zygomorphic

Flowers: sepal number/calyx lobes: 0, 4, 5

Flowers: sepal position: all free from one another, connate or basally connate

Flowers: petal number/corolla lobes: 5

Flowers: petal nature: contorted, imbricate

Flower: bract: present

Flower: bractlet: present

Stamen: number: 2, 4, 5, 10+

Stamen: other characters: staminodia present

Pistil: style: styles more than 1, style 1, or styles more or less connate

Pistil: ovary: 2-loculed

Pistil: ovule: 1 per locule, 2 per locule, 3 per locule, 4+ per locule

Ovary: position: superior

Fruit: types and characters: a capsule (incl. pod, follicle, etc.), fleshy (berry, drupe, pome), ribbed

Fruit: seed: 4+ seeds

Seed: embryo: curved

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Dictionary of The Families & Genera of Chinese Seed Plants: Link

Vascular Plant Type Catalog at NYBG: Link


 

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