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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 [per], glabrous.
Stem: prostrate to erect, slender, branched from base.
Leaf: generally whorled, linear to oblanceolate; stipules ± 0.
Inflorescence: axillary, terminal, cyme, umbel [ flowers 1]; pedicel 3–30 mm.
Flower: sepals 5, free, margins ± scarious; petals 0; stamens 3–5, fused basally; styles 3–5, linear.
Fruit: 3-valved, included in calyx.
Seed: many, reniform, smooth, ridged, or finely net-sculptured; aril 0.
35 species: tropics, subtrop. (Greek: soft or pliant) Worldwide revision of genus needed.
1. St erect; leaf blade linear to spoon-shaped, 1–5 mm wide, glaucous; inflorescence peduncled; pedicels 3–11 mm; stamens 5; seeds 0.3–0.4 mm, finely net-sculptured ..... M. cerviana
1' St prostrate to ascending; leaf blade linear or elliptic to wide-obovate, 0.5–15 mm wide, not glaucous; inflorescence ± sessile; pedicels 3–30 mm; stamens 3; seeds 0.5–0.6 mm, ridged or smooth ..... M. verticillata
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