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1. Scaevola Linnaeus, Mant. Pl. 2: 145. 1771.

草海桐属 cao hai tong shu

Lobelia Miller (1754), not Linnaeus (1753).

Shrubs or small trees [or herbs]. Leaves alternate and spirally arranged, or opposite. Flowers in axillary cymes, or solitary and axillary; bracts opposite; bracteoles opposite. Calyx epigynous; tube adnate to ovary; limb cupular, short, 5-dentate or 5-lobed. Corolla zygomorphic, posterior side longitudinally divided to near base; lobes 5, subequal in size. Ovary 2-locular; each locule with 1 upright ovule on axile placenta [or 1-locular, with 1 or 2 ovules also on axile placenta]; stigma 2-cleft. Drupe often fleshy; endocarp hard; each locule with 1 seed.

About 80 species: pantropical but mainly in Australia; two species in China.

1 Flowers in an inflorescence; leaf blade spatulate to obovate, 10-22 × 4-8 cm.   1 S. taccada
+ Flowers solitary, axillary; leaf blade linear-spatulate, 1-2.5 × 0.2-0.5 cm.   2 S. hainanensis

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