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This text currently parallels The Jepson Manual: Vascular Plants of California, Second Edition that is now available at the University of California Press.
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Annual, perennial herb, generally glabrous.
Stem: prostrate to erect or climbing; nodes often rooting.
Leaf: alternate, entire, simple, linear to ovate, closed basal sheath or lower leaf clasping stem.
Inflorescence: cyme, umbel-like or not, terminal or terminal and axillary, subtended by 1–2 bracts [not].
Flower: generally bisexual, bilateral or radial, generally insect-pollinated; sepals 3, generally green; petals 3, blue, white, rose, purple, or pale violet, generally ephemeral; stamens 6 (3 sterile or not), filaments generally slender, often hairy; ovary superior, chambers 3, style 1.
Fruit: generally capsule.
Seed: 1–few per chamber.
40 genera, ± 630 species: especially tropics, subtrop; some cultivated as ornamental. [Faden 2000 FNANM 22:170–197] —Scientific Editor: Thomas J. Rosatti.
1. Petals unequal; fertile stamens 3, sterile stamens 3 ..... COMMELINA
1' Petals equal; fertile stamens 6 ..... TRADESCANTIA
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