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Tacca J. R. Forster et J. G. A. Forster

蒟蒻薯属

Description from Flora of China

Leontopetaloides Boehmer, nom. rej.

Rhizomes cylindric to subcylindric or tubers globose to broadly ellipsoid-globose. Leaf blade entire or pinnately or palmately lobed, base not elongate, stomatal apparatus mostly axillocytic. Inflorescences terminal; involucral bracts 2--6(--12). Perianth campanulate, 6-lobed, persistent or soon deciduous. Ovary 1-loculed or imperfectly 4-loculed; placentas 3, parietal. Fruit a berry. Seeds reniform, ovoid, or ellipsoid, striate.

Used medicinally and as a source of starch.

About 11 species: mainly in tropical Asia and Oceania; four species (one endemic, one introduced) in China.


 

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