Polycarpaea

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Polycarpaea

Description

Annual or perennial herbs. Leaves stipulate, small, opposite or pseudoverticillate in lower part. Stipules scarious. Inflorescences terminal, dense or lax. Flowers small, bisexual, sometimes perigynous; Sepals entirely scarious, white, not carinate. Petals 5, entire, emarginate or denticulate. Stamens 5 (sometimes fewer), filaments inserted below a disc. Ovary unilocular, ovules few to many; Fruit a capsule dehiscing by 3 valves. Seeds tiny, reniform, translucent.

Distribution

Asia-Tropical, Tropical Africa present, southern Asia to Australia present
About 50 species, mostly intropical Africa, throughout southern Asia to Australia. In Malesia four species.

Notes

The present treatment has been based on the revision by .

Citation

Bittrich - in Kubitzki et al., Fam. Gen. Vasc. Pl. 2. 1993: 221
Pers. - in Syn. Pl. 1805: 262
Pax & Hoffm. - in Engl. & Prantl, Nat. Pflanzenfam., ed. 2, 16c. 1934: 308