Vaccaria

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Vaccaria

Description

Glabrous annual. Leaves exstipulate. Petals 5, pink or purple, long-clawed with entire apex; Stamens 10. Ovary unilocular, except at the base where it is 2-locular; Capsule ovoid to spherical, pericarp consisting of a thick papery exocarp, dehiscing with 4 teeth, and a thin endocarp, dehiscing irregularly. Seeds numerous, reniform or globose.

Distribution

from the Mediterranean region to temperate Asia present
Few species from the Mediterranean region to temperate Asia; elsewhere occasionally as a weed.

Taxonomy

The genus is closely related to Saponaria.

Citation

Rechinger - in Cont. 1988: 337
Ross - in Acta Bot. Neerl. 1966: 160
Pax & Hoffm. - in Engl. & Prantl, Nat. Pflanzenfam., ed. 2, 16c. 1934: 361