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13. Corrigiola Linnaeus, Sp. Pl. 1: 271. 1753. Gen. Pl. ed. 5, 132. 1754.

Strapwort [Latin corrigia, shoelace, perhaps alluding to the slender stems]

John W. Thieret, Richard K. Rabeler

Herbs, annual or biennial [perennial]. Taproots slender. Stems decumbent to ascending, branched, terete. Leaves alternate or rarely subopposite, sometimes forming basal rosette, not connate, petiolate or sessile; stipules 2 per node, white, ovate, margins mostly entire, apex acuminate; petiole minute (subopposite leaves); blade 1-veined, narrowly oblanceolate to spatulate, not succulent, apex obtuse. Inflorescences terminal or axillary, dense cymes; bracts paired, smaller, scarious. Pedicels erect. Flowers: perianth and androecium slightly perigynous; hypanthium cup-shaped, not abruptly expanded distally; sepals 5, distinct, green or reddish brown, 1-1.5 mm, herbaceous, margins white-scarious, apex blunt, not hooded, not awned; nectaries not apparent; stamens 5; filaments distinct; staminodes 5, arising from hypanthium rim, ovate to oblong; styles 3, distinct, capitate, 0.1-0.2 mm, glabrous proximally; stigmas 3, capitate, obscurely papillate (at 50√ó). Utricles at least partly enclosed by persistent calyx/hypanthium, obscurely 3-gonous, indehiscent. Seeds white with tan band, reniform or subglobose, not compressed, finely papillose, marginal wing absent, appendage absent; embryo peripheral, curved. x = 8, 9.

Species ca. 10 (1 in the flora): introduced; South America, Eurasia, Africa; introduced elsewhere.


Coker, P. D. 1962. Corrigiola litoralis L. J. Ecol. 50: 833-840. Gilbert, M. G. 1987. The taxonomic position of the genera Telephium and Corrigiola. Taxon 36: 47-49. Vogel, A. 1997. Die Verbreitung, Vergesellschaftung und Populationsökologie von Corrigiola litoralis, Illecebrum verticillatum und Herniaria glabra (Illecebraceae). Berlin.

Lower Taxa


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