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Pakistan | Family List | Amaranthaceae

Iresine P. Browne, Civ. & Nat. Hist. Jamaica. 358. 1756.

  • Cruicita L.
  • Ireneis Moq.
  • Xerandra Raf.

    Annual or perennial herbs, shrubs or subshrubs, sometimes scandent, rarely small trees, with opposite leaves and branches; leaves simple, entire or ± incised. Flowers hermaphrodite, polygamous or dioecious, bibracteolate, in axillary and terminal bracteate spikes, sometimes condensed to capitula or frequently paniculate; bracts and bracteoles small, membranous. Perianth segments 5, free, frequently pilose or lanate. Stamens 5, shortly monadelphous at the base, pseudo-staminodes occasionally well-developed, more commonly short or obsolete. Stigmas 2-3, elongate, or sometimes capitate in functionally male flowers. Ovary with a single pendulous ovule. Capsule membranous, indehiscent.

    About 80 species in the American tropics, one cultivated species in Pakistan.

    Type species: Iresine celosioides Nutt., Gen. N. Am. Pl. 2: 237. (1818).

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