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Pakistan | Family List | Leonticaceae

Leontice Linn., Sp. Pl. 312. 1753. Gen. Pl. ed. 5. 147. 1754; Benth & Hook. f., Gen. Pl. 1:43. 1862; Hook. f. & Thoms., Fl. Ind. 1: 229. 1855; Boiss., Fl. Or. 1:99.1867; Kom., Fl. U.R.S.S. ed. 2. 7:545. 1937; Davis, Fl. Turk. 1: 211. 1965; Tutin et al, Fl. Europ. 1: 244. 1964.

Leontice eversmannii

Credit: Azmat

Perennial glabrous herbs with deeply rooted tuberous rhizomes and leafy stem. Leaves alternate to subopposite, usually 2(-3)-ternately dissected, fleshy, long-petioled and petioluled. Inflorescence terminal racemes, often branched below, or the upper leaves with axillary racemes. Flowers hermaphrodite, regular. Sepals 6 (-9), yellowish, outer smaller. Petals 6, much smaller than sepals, yellowish, scale-like, convolute. Stamens 6; anthers about as long as the filaments, opening by 2 apical valves. Ovary 1-carpellary, 1-locular, with 2-4, erect, basal ovules; style short with hardly distinct, obtuse and short stigma. Capsule inflated, vesicle-like, scarious or membranous, 1-4-seeded, indehiscent but gaping or eroding above to expose the seeds; seeds globose, without aril, blackish.

A small genus of about 9 species in S.E. Europe to E. Asia: only 1 species found in W. Pakistan.

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