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Pakistan | Family List | Illecebraceae

Pteranthus Forssk., Fl. Aegypt.-Arab. 36. 1775. Endlicher & Fenzl, Gen. Pl. 2:959. 1836; Benth. & Hook. f., Gen. Pl. 3:18. 1880; Post, G.E., Fl. Syria Palestine & Sinai 1:217. 1932; Pax & Hoffmann in Engler & Prantl, Pflanzenfam. ed. 2. 16c: 306. 1934.

Pteranthus dichotomus

Credit: Asad

  • Louichea L’Herit.

    Suberect herbs. Leaves opposite or subfasciculate, stipules minute. In-florescence 3-flowered cyme on flattened, leaflike oblanceolate or broadly obovate peduncle. Flowers perigynous, sessile, the lateral flowers sterile, the central one fertile; bracteate, bracts erect, with uncinate spines. Sepals 4, erect, hooded at the apex, persistent. Petals absent. Stamens 4, free, antisepalous, filaments dilated and united at the base into a membranous cup; anthers minute, ovoid-oblong or subglobose, versatile. Carpels 2-3, syncarpous; ovary unilocular, with 1 basal semi-anatropous ovule; style filiform, 2-3 fid with 2-3 stigmas. Fruit a one seeded indehiscent utricle covered by the persistent sepals and bracts. Seed erect, endospermous; embryo straight with oblong cotyledons and inferior radicle.

    2 species; distributed in North Africa, Cyprus, Malta, Sicily, Middle-East, Iran and W. Pakistan.

    Lower Taxon

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