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Polycarpaea Lam.


Description from Flora of China

Polia Loureiro, nom. rej.

Herbs or subshrubs, annual or perennial. Stems erect or diffuse. Leaves opposite or falsely verticillate with axillary clusters of leaves, sessile or petiolate; leaf blade linear to obovate; stipules membranous or hyaline. Inflorescence a cyme, terminal. Flowers numerous, 5-merous. Sepals hyaline, midvein not raised. Petals usually small, entire or 2-lobed. Stamens (2--)5. Ovary 1-loculed with few to many ovules; style undivided at apex. Fruit a capsule, 3-valved, few to several seeded. Seeds reniform, slightly flat.

About 50 species: mostly in the Old World tropics and subtropics, a few in the New World tropics; two species in China.

(Authors: Lu Dequan; Michael G. Gilbert)


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