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SAURURACEAE LIZARD'S-TAIL FAMILY

John W. Thieret & Elizabeth McClintock, final revision by Thomas J. Rosatti

Perennial herb, generally rhizomed, of ± wet places. Leaf: simple, alternate; stipules generally fused to petiole. Inflorescence: spike [raceme], dense, many-flowered, generally terminal, subtended by involucre of petal-like bracts [or not], each flower generally subtended by 1 bract. Flower: small, bisexual; perianth 0; stamens [3]6(8), appearing to arise from inflorescence axis [or not]; ovary inferior [or superior], sunken into inflorescence axis [or not], compound, chamber generally 1 [or carpels fused only at base]; styles 3–4[5(7)], distinct. Fruit: capsule, ± fleshy, dehiscent near top [or mericarps]. Seed: [1 or] many, spheric or ovoid.
5 genera, 7 species: eastern Asia, North America. [Meng 2003 Ann Missouri Bot Gard 90:592–602] —Scientific Editor: Thomas J. Rosatti.

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Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2013. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on Sep 21 2014
Citation for this treatment: [Author of taxon treatment] 2013. Saururaceae, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=251, accessed on Sep 21 2014

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