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Pakistan | Family List | Caryophyllaceae

4. Lepyrodiclis Fenzl in Endl., Gen. 966. 1840. Boiss., Fl. Or. 1:668.1867; Edgew. In Hook. Fl. Brit. Ind. 1:242.1874 ( as Arenaria Sect. lepyrodiclis); Gorshkova Kom., Fl. URSS. 6:480.1936; Wagenitz in Ann. Nat. Mus. Wien 61:74.1956; Cullen in Davis, Fl. Turk. 2:67.1967.


Annual or perennial herbs. Leaves lanceolate or linear-lanceolate, only with a midrib. Flowers in compound cymes. Sepals 5, herbaceous, free. Petals 5, entire or toothed. Stamens 10 or more, borne on a glandular disc. Styles 2-3. globose, membranous, splitting almost to the base by 2(-4) valves. Seeds tuberculate, back canaliculate.

A small N. W. Asiatic genus with 4 species. Three species occur in Pakistan.

1 Capsule dehiscing by 4 valves. Pedicels filiform. Petals twice the sepal length   3 Lepyrodiclis tenera
+ Capsule dehiscing by 2 valves. Pedicels not filiform. Petals less than twice or shorter than the sepal length   (2)
2 (1) Sepal 5-7 mm. Petals white, shorter than the sepals, entire or retuse at apex   1 Lepyrodiclis holosteoides
+ Sepal 4-5 mm. Petals pale pink, as long as or longer than the sepals, deeply toothed at the apex   2 Lepyrodiclis stellarioides

Lower Taxa

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