Mollugo

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Mollugo

<<<Capsules>Seeds>Testa>Texture

granular1
1. 005-002-003-001

<<<Sepals>Ovary>Ovules>Ovule number

numerous2
2. 004-004-002-001

<<<Sepals>Ovary>Style and stigmas>Style and stigma number

as many as locules3
3. 004-004-003-001

<<<Sepals>Stamens>Filaments>Shape

filiform or widened, united at base4
4. 004-003-002-001

<<Capsules>Seeds>Seed number

few to numerous5
5. 005-002-001

<<Capsules>Seeds>Shape

trigonous or more or less reniform6
6. 005-002-002

<<Capsules>Seeds>Testa

testa or sculptured.7
7. 005-002-003

<<Habit>Branches>Growth form

often prostrate and spreading8
8. 001-002-001

<<Leaves>Blade>Shape

linear to spathulate9
9. 002-001-001

<<Leaves>Blade>Texture

sometimes slightly fleshy10
10. 002-001-002

<<Leaves>Stipules>Texture

scarious11
11. 002-002-001

<<Sepals>Ovary>Locule number

3- to 5-locular12
12. 004-004-001

<<Sepals>Ovary>Ovules

ovules ,13
13. 004-004-002

<<Sepals>Ovary>Style and stigmas

styles and stigmas .14
14. 004-004-003

<<Sepals>Stamens>Filaments

filaments ;15
15. 004-003-002

<<Sepals>Stamens>Stamen number

3-10, usually 516
16. 004-003-001

<Capsules>Seeds

seeds , , shiny, small, estrophiolate,17
17. 005-002

<Capsules>Texture

membranous18
18. 005-001

<Habit>Branches

branches .19
19. 001-002

<Habit>Hairs

glabrous20
20. 001-001

<Inflorescences>Flowers

flowers pedicellate.21
21. 003-002

<Inflorescences>Position

axillary22
22. 003-001

<Leaves>Blade

blade , ;23
23. 002-001

<Leaves>Stipules

stipules small, and caducous, or absent.24
24. 002-002

<Sepals>Ovary

ovary ,25
25. 004-004

<Sepals>Petals

petals absent;26
26. 004-002

<Sepals>Sepal number

527
27. 004-001

<Sepals>Stamens

stamens ,28
28. 004-003

Capsules

Capsule loculicidal, , after dehiscence with a central column bearing persistent funicles;29
29. 005

Description

Annual herbs, sometimes suffruticose, glabrous; branches often prostrate and spreading. Basal leaves crowded into a rosette, cauline leaves opposite or whorled; blade linear to spathulate, sometimes slightly fleshy; stipules small, scarious and caducous, or absent. Inflorescences of axillary fascicles, or solitary flowers; flowers pedicellate. Sepals 5, imbricate in bud, not apically appendaged; petals absent; stamens 3-10, usually 5, filaments filiform or widened, united at base; ovary 3- to 5-locular, ovules numerous, styles and stigmas as many as locules. Capsule loculicidal, membranous, after dehiscence with a central column bearing persistent funicles; seeds few to numerous, trigonous or more or less reniform, shiny, small, estrophiolate, testa granular or sculptured.

Distribution

Guianas present, New and Old World tropics and subtropics present
Approximately 35 species in the New and Old World tropics and subtropics; 1 species in the Guianas.

Habit

Annual herbs, sometimes suffruticose, ;30
30. 001

Inflorescences

Inflorescences of fascicles, or solitary flowers;31
31. 003

Leaves

Basal leaves crowded into a rosette, cauline leaves opposite or whorled;32
32. 002

Sepals

Sepals , imbricate in bud, not apically appendaged;33
33. 004