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Asteliaceae Dumortier

Habit: Terrestrial, Herbaceous, Epiphytes, Perennials

Roots: Rhizomes, Sap clear

Stems: contracted, rounded, solid

Leaves: Leaves - sheathing at base, Leaves - sheath open, Leaves - sheath closed, Leaves - simple, Leaves - basal (rosette), Leaves - alternate, Leaves - 2-ranked (distichous), Leaves - spiral, Leaves - venetion parallel, Leaves - soft, Leaves - surface with peltate scales, Leaves - margins entire

Inflorescence: terminal, lateral or axillary, racemes, Flowers pedicellate

Flowers: Flowers unisexual, Plants dioecious, Plants monoecious, Flowers bisexual, Perianth present, Flowers small, Flowers 3 merous, Flowers actinomorphic

Sepals/Tepals: Tepals 6 (Sepals indistinguishable from petals)

Petals/Tepals: Petals 6, Petals basally united, Petals mostly separate, Petals white (to pinkish)

Stamens: Stamens 6 (3+3)

Pistil: Carpels united, Carpels 3, Ovary superior, Styles 1, Stigma terminal capitate or trilobed, Locules 3, Placentation axile

Fruit: Fruit - capsule, Fruit - berry

Seeds: Seeds - few (2-10) per locule, Seeds - lacking tuft of hair, Seeds - round or ellipsoid, Seeds - angulate, Seeds - black (phytomelan)


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