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Lipocarpha R. Br.

湖瓜草属

Description from Flora of China

Herbs, annual or perennial. Leaves basal; leaf blade flat. Involucral bracts leaflike. Spikes 2-7, fascicled into a capitulum or rarely single, with many bractlets and spikelets; bractlets spirally arranged, each with a spikelet. Spikelet with 2 glumes (sometimes absent) and a bisexual flower; rachilla very short, articulate at base, deciduous at article when mature; glumes alternate, membranous, several veined; basal glume without a flower; apical glume with a bisexual flower. Perianth bristles absent. Stamens 2. Stigmas 2. Nutlet 3-sided, biconvex, or plano-convex, included by subtending glume.

About 35 species: warm temperate and subtropical regions; four species in China.

(Authors: Dai Lunkai (戴伦凯); Gordon C. Tucker)


 

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