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Octoceras Bunge, Arb. Naturf. Ver. Riga. I:172. 1847. Benth. & Hook. f., l.c. 97; Boiss., l.c. 370; Schulz in Engl. & Prantl, l.c. 469; Busch in Kom., l.c. 327; Hedge in Rech. f., l.c. 124.

Octoceras lehmannianum
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Credit: Shaukat & Azmat

Small annual herbs, spreading, branched mostly from the base, pubescent with branched and stellate, somewhat appressed hairs. Leaves oblong-elliptic or narrowly spathulate, sinuate-pinnatifid, lower stalked, upper sessile or subsessile. Racemes ebracteate, lax and elongating in fruit. Flowers minute, yellowish, subsessile; pedicel very short, becoming thickened and somewhat appressed in fruit. Sepals oblong, not saccate, pubescent, spreading. Petals narrowly spathu┬Člate, about as long as the sepals. Stamens 6; filaments linear with broad bases. Lateral nectar glands in pairs, minute, dot-like; middle absent. Ovary short, suborbicular, ┬▒ with 8 short appendages (4 on each valve), 2-ovuled; style short with a sub-bilobed, capitate stigma. Siliculae short, cubical or quadrate, coriaceous, bilocular, indehiscent, (rarely sub-dehiscent) ; valves with a prominent mid-rib, each with 3-4 spine-like short projections; septum rigid; seed one in each locule, oblong, brown; radicle incumbent.

A monotypic genus of W. Asia.

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