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Digera Forssk., Fl. Aeg.-Arab. 65. 1775. Boiss., Fl. Or. 4: 994. 1879; Hook. f, Fl. Br. Ind. 4: 717. 1885; Schinz in E. and P., Pflanzenfam. ed. 2, 16c: 40. 1934.

Digera muricata

Credit: M.Y. Saleem

Annual herb with alternate branches and leaves; leaves entire. Flowers small, in long-pedunculate, axillary, spike-like bracteate racemes, each bract subtending a very shortly pedunculate partial inflorescence consisting of a central fertile flower and two highly modified, sterile, unibracteolate lateral flowers. Perianth segments 4-5, the outer pair opposite and sheathing the remaining flower parts, the inner segments much more delicate and hyaline. Stamens 4-5, free, without intermediate staminode-like teeth, filaments filiform. Style filiform; stigmas 2, divergent. Ovary with a single ovule lateral on a curved funicle, radicle descending. Fruit a hard, indehiscent nutlet enclosed by the persistent perianth and falling together the sterile flowers and bracteoles. Endosperm copious.

A monotypic genus.

Lower Taxon

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