9. Microgynoecium J. D. Hooker, Gen. Pl. 3: 56. 1880; F1.Brit.Ind. 5: 9. 1886; Kung & Chu in Kung & Tsien in F1. Reip. Pop.-Sin. 25 (2): 20.1979.
Small diffuse, prostrate, annuals, glabrous-puberulous, vesiculate. Leaves alternate, ovate, petiolate, entire or lobed. Flowers minute, monoecious, unisexual, clustered, hidden among the leaves. Staminate flowers ebracteate, perianth hyaline, 5-lobed, stamens 1-4, filament long, stamens exserted. Pistillate flowers few in glomerules, usually 1-3, 2-3-bracteate, sessile, perianth absent, ovary ellipsoid, compressed; stigmas 2-capillary, styles very short, ovule sessile and erect. Seeds coriaceous, horse-shoe-shaped.
A monotypic genus distributed in Pamir, Tien-shan, China, Kashmir, Bhutan, Kumaon and Sikkim.
A new generic record for Kashmir.