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绣线菊亚科 xiu xian ju ya ke

Description from Flora of China

Shrubs, rarely herbs. Leaves alternate, simple, rarely compound; stipules absent or present; leaf blade entire or serrate at margin. Carpels 1–5(–12), free or basally connate, each with 2 to several pendulous, anatropous ovules. Fruit a follicle dehiscing along suture(s), rarely a capsule. x = 8, 9.

About 22 genera and 260 species: widespread in N hemisphere, but mostly absent from arctic regions, extending to S hemisphere in Indonesia (Java and Sumatra) and South America; eight genera and 99 species (67 endemic) in China.


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