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Annual to subshrub; hairs needle-like, barbed, occasionally stinging.
Leaf: alternate [ opposite], generally ± pinnate-lobed; stipules 0.
Inflorescence: cyme, raceme.
Flower: bisexual, radial; sepals generally 5, generally persistent; petals generally 5, free or fused to each other or filament tube; stamens 5–many, filaments thread-like to flat, occasionally fused at base or in clusters; petal-like staminodes occasionally present; pistil 1, ovary inferior, chamber generally 1, placentas generally 3, parietal, style 1.
Fruit: capsule or achene.
18+ genera, 250 species: especially Am (Africa, Pacific). [Ernst & Thompson 1963 J Arnold Arbor 44:138–142] —Scientific Editors: Douglas H. Goldman, Bruce G. Baldwin.
1. Subshrub; stamens generally 5; stigma ± unlobed; fruit achene, seed 1 ..... PETALONYX
1' Annual to subshrub; stamens generally many; stigma lobes 3 or 5; fruit capsule, seeds generally many
2. Petals fused at least at base; stamens fused to corolla; stigma lobes and placentas 5 ..... EUCNIDE
2' Petals free; stamens inserted on hypanthium, not fused to corolla; stigma lobes and placentas generally 3 ..... MENTZELIA
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