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4. Oxybaphus L'Héritier ex Willdenow, Sp. Pl. 1: 185. 1797.

山紫茉莉属 shan zi mo li shu

Description from Flora of China

Herbs annual or perennial, erect, ascending, or prostrate, sometimes with tuberous roots. Stems viscid glandular pubescent or glabrescent. Leaves opposite. Inflorescences axillary, in 1-3-flowered cymes, sometimes panicles, or rarely 1-flowered, enclosed within a campanulate involucre; involucre lobes 5, reticulate-venose, enlarged and membranous after flowering. Flowers bisexual, inconspicuous, opening in morning; pedicel 20-25 mm. Perianth constricted beyond the ovary, 0.6-0.8(-1) cm, limb rose-red or light red-purple, plicate, campanulate or short funnelform, often oblique, ca. 0.8 cm in diam., deciduous. Stamens (2-)3(-5); filaments capillary, circinately incurved, jointed at the ovary base. Style filiform; stigma capitate. Fruit oblong, fusiform, obovoid, or terete, small, smooth or tuberculate, without sticky glands. Seed: embryo curved, cotyledons enclosing the endosperm, radicle elongated.

About 25 species: mainly in warm regions of America, one species in Asia.

Lower Taxon


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