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Pakistan | Family List | Amaranthaceae

Bosea Linn., Sp. Pl. ed. 1: 225. 1753. Gen. Pl. ed. 5: 105. 1754; Hook f., Fl. Br. Ind. 4: 716. 1885; Schinz in E. and P., Pflanzenfam. ed. 2, 16c: 31. 1934.

Bosea amherstiana

Credit: M.Y. Saleem

  • Rodetia Moq.

    Much- and frequently intricately-branched shrubs, erect or scrambling, branches and leaves alternate; branches elongate, commonly pendulous; leaves entire. Flowers small, 2-4-bracteolate, hermaphrodite or unisexual (polygamous), in axillary and terminal bracteate racemes or spikes, at least the terminal frequently paniculate. Perianth segments 5, free, equal. Stamens 5, filiform, fused and alternating with 5 short, fleshy lobes at the extreme base, giving the appearance of an interrupted hypogynous disk. Stigmas 2-3; ovary with a single suberect ovule. Fruit a berry, globose. Seed large, endosperm copious.

    3 species-one in Macaronesia, one in Cyprus, and our own western Himalayan plant.

    Type species: Bosea yervamora L.

    The three species of this genus can be readily separated on seed characters [Townsend in Kew Bull. 28: 144-145 (1973)].

    Lower Taxon

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