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1. Tropaeolum Linnaeus, Sp. Pl. 1: 345. 1753; Gen. Pl. ed. 5, 162. 1754.

Nasturtium [Greek tropaion, trophy, alluding to a tree trunk on which were fixed the shields and helmets of defeated enemies; Linnaeus was reminded of this on seeing the type species growing on a post, the leaves representing the shields and the flowers the helmets]

Leaves: blade orbiculate or reniform [palmately lobed or divided]. Pedicels axillary. Flowers relatively large, torus cupuliform. x = 14.

Species ca. 90 (1 in the flora): introduced; Mexico, Central America, South America; introduced also in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia.

Lower Taxon


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