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Habit: Annual, biennial, prostrate to erect, taprooted. Leaf: blade needle-like; vein 1. Inflorescence: axillary, dense; flowers 1--5, +- sessile. Flower: hypanthium widely obovate to urn-shaped, abruptly expanded distally, in fruit hard; sepals 5, free, 1.5--4 mm, narrowly triangular to awl-shaped, glabrous, margin thinly scarious; petals 0; stamens 2--10, on hypanthium rim; styles 2. Fruit: utricle, ovoid. Seed: 1.
Species In Genus: 10 species: Eurasia, Africa, Australia. Etymology: (Greek: hard flower, from hypanthium in fruit)
eFlora Treatment Author: Ronald L. Hartman & Richard K. Rabeler
Jepson Online Interchange
Previous taxon: Saponaria officinalis
Next taxon: Scleranthus annuus subsp. annuus
Citation for this treatment: Ronald L. Hartman & Richard K. Rabeler 2017. Scleranthus, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=10857, accessed on February 23, 2017.
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2017. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on February 23, 2017.