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Lecanthus Wedd., Ann.Sci.Nat.Ser. 4, 1:187. 1854. DC., Prodr. 16 (1): 164. 1869; Benth. & Hook.f., Gen.Pl. 3:385. 1880; Hook.f., Fl.Brit. Ind. 5:559. 1885; Hutch., Gen. Fl. Pl. 1:186. 1967.

Monoecious or dioecious, annual or perennial herbs, without stinging hairs. Leaves 3-costate, opposite, anisophyllous, petiolate, membranous, serrate-dentate; stipules interpetiolar, scarious. Inflorescence a pedunculate axillary, solitary capitulum like discoid cluster of either male or female or more rarely of mixed flowers. Flowers sessile to pedicellate, bracteolate. Calyx 4-5-lobed in male flowers, lobes slightly unequal, imbricate; unequally 3-lobed in female. Stamens 4-5; staminodes scaly in female flowers. Ovary upright, style absent, stigma penicillate; pistillode small in male flowers. Achene flattened, ovate, partly enveloped by persistent calyx.

A genus of 3-4 species, distributed in tropical Africa and Asia.

Lower Taxon

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