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Description from Flora of China

Herbs, monoecious; indumentum of simple hairs. Leaves alternate; stipules small, deciduous; leaf blade simple, venation pinnate. Inflorescences terminal, racemelike thyrses, bisexual, male flowers distal, female flowers proximal; bracts often ovate. Male flowers: sepals 5, valvate, closed in bud; petals 5; disk 5-dissected; stamens 10-15; filaments free; anthers 2-locular; pistillode absent. Female flowers: sepals 5, valvate; petals 5 or absent; disk annular; ovary 3-locular, verrucose, sometimes smooth, pilose; style free, 2-lobed, stigmatic surface plumose-lacerate; ovules 1 per locule. Fruit a capsule, 3-locular. Seeds globose.

● Two species: China.

(Authors: Qiu Huaxing (丘华兴 Chiu Hua-hsing, Kiu Hua-shing, Kiu Hua-xing); Michael G. Gilbert)

Lower Taxon


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