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Oxalidaceae

Y. Nasir


Stewart Herbarium, Gordon College, Rawalpindi

Herbs, rarely shrubs. Leaves digitately 3 foliolate. Flowers solitary or subumbellate, bisexual, pentamerous, hypogynous. Sepals 5, free. Petals 5, contorted. Stamens 10, obdiplostemonous, connate at the base. Ovary quinquilocular, placentation axile. Styles 5, persistent, free. Fruit a loculicidal capsule. Seeds usually many.

A mainly tropical and subtropical family of about 3 genera and 875 species.

This family was previously included in the Geraniaceae, from which it differs in its digitately compound leaves, basally connate stamens and the shortly beaked capsules.

Lower Taxon


 

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