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Glycyrrhiza Linn.


Description from Flora of China

Liquiritia Medikus.

Subshrubs or perennial herbs. Roots and rhizomes very developed. Stem erect, much branched. Leaves imparipinnate, (3 or)5-17-foliolate; stipules 2, free, caducous or persistent; leaflets entire or serrulate. Racemes axillary; bracts caducous. Calyx cam­panulate or cylindric, 5-toothed, slightly bilabiate. Corolla white, yellow, purple, or purple-red; standard shortly clawed; wings shorter than standard, obliquely oblong; keels joined. Stamens diadelphous or monadelphous. Ovary sessile, 2-10-ovuled. Legume ovoid, oblong, or linear, rarely moniliform, straight or curved, flat or inflated, prickly or rarely smooth, indehiscent or dehiscent. Seeds reniform or orbicular.

About 20 species: mainly in Asia and Europe, extending to Australia, and in North and South America; eight species (two endemic) in China.

(Authors: Bao Bojian (包伯坚); Kai Larsen)

Lower Taxa


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