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Adonis Linn.


Description from Flora of China

Herbs annual or perennial. Basal and lower stem leaves usually scaly. Upper stem leaves alternate, palmately or pinnately divided. Inflorescences terminal on branches or branchlets, 1-flowered; bracts absent. Flowers radially symmetric, bisexual. Sepals 5--8. Petals 5--24. Stamens numerous; filaments linear. Pistils numerous, spirally arranged; ovary 1-ovuled. Styles persistent; stigma small. Achenes usually with raised veins.

About 30 species: Asia, Europe; ten species (three endemic) in China.

(Authors: Fu Dezhi; Orbélia R. Robinson)


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