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58. Geniosporum Wall. ex Benth. in Edward’s Bot. Reg. 15: post t. 1300. 1830. Benth. in DC., Prodr. 12: 44. 1848; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. Ind. 4: 609. 1885; Briquet in Engler & Prantl, Nat. Pflanzenfam. ed. 1, 4, 3A: 367. 1897; Mukerjee in Rec. Bot. Surv. Ind. 14, 1: 32. 1940.

I.C. Hedge

Annual or perennial non-aromatic herbs, glabrous to scabrid or villous with eglandular hairs. Leaves opposite or in whorls. Inflorescence of many-flowered ± distant verticillasters, not borne in leaf axils, forming loose or condensed spikes. Uppermost leaves transitional to bracts, sometimes coloured. Calyx ovoid-campanulate in fruit, tubular and often transversely ribbed in fruit, slightly bilabiate; uppermost lobe broader than 4 lower lobes, not decurrent on tube; tube glabrous or pubescent within. Corolla small, slightly bilabiate; tube short; upper lip 4-lobed, lower lip entire. Stamens 4, inconspicuously declinate; filaments not appendiculate; thecae becoming unilocular. Nutlets ellipsoid or ovoid, smooth or punctulate.

About 20 species in E Asia, tropical Africa; one in southern Africa. Doubtfully present in our area.

1 Fruiting calyx 5-7 mm; leaves up to 10 x 4 cm   1 Geniosporum coloratum
+ Fruiting calyx c. 2 mm; leaves up to c. 4 x 1 cm   2 Geniosporum menthoides

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