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Dieter H. Wilken

Annual to shrub [tree], generally hairy. Leaf: cauline, opposite, generally toothed; stipules 0. Inflorescence: raceme, spike, or head, generally elongated in fruit; bract generally 1 per flower. Flower: bisexual; calyx generally 4–5-toothed; corolla 4–5-lobed, radial to bilateral, salverform to 2-lipped; stamens 4–5 (if 4, generally in unequal pairs), epipetalous; ovary superior, 2- or 4-lobed, generally 2- chambered, style 1, often with 2 unequal lobes, only 1 stigmatic, lateral. Fruit: 2 or 4 nutlets, drupe-like, or capsule.
± 31 genera, ± 920 species: especially America tropics. Some cultivated (Lantana, Verbena, Vitex); some weedy worldwide (Lantana); some used for wood (Tectona, teak). Avicennia included in Acanthaceae. [Marx et al. 2010 Amer J Bot 97:1647–1663] —Scientific Editor: Bruce G. Baldwin.

Key to Verbenaceae

1. Annual to perennial herb

2. Calyx 2–4-toothed, ± compressed; corolla ± 2-lipped; nutlets 2 ..... PHYLA

2' Calyx 5-toothed, cylindric; corolla generally ± radial; nutlets 4 ..... VERBENA

1' Shrub

3. Inflorescence longer than wide; corolla 2.5–3.5 mm, white ..... ALOYSIA

3' Inflorescence wider than long; corolla 8–12 mm, yellow to purple ..... [LANTANA]


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