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|Family: Polygonaceae||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
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Habit: Annual, glabrous; monoecious. Stem: decumbent to erect, 1--8 dm, base often +- red. Leaf: cauline, alternate, petioled; ocrea soon torn, falling; blade +- hastate to cordate. Staminate Inflorescence: axillary, terminal, raceme-like; flowers 1--8. Pistillate Inflorescence: axillary, spike-like; flowers 1--8. Staminate Flower: perianth parts 5--6, free; stamens 4--6. Pistillate Flower: perianth parts 6, fused; outer 3 spine-tipped in fruit, inner 3 tubercled; styles 3, free. Fruit: included, 2--4.5 mm, ovate, shiny, spines 3; perianth hardened. Chromosomes: 2n=20.
Species In Genus: 2 species: native to Mediterranean, South Africa, spread worldwide. Etymology: (Latin: removal from Rumex) Note: Hybrids occur readily when species together; highly sterile when self-pollinated but can backcross with either parent to form viable seeds.
eFlora Treatment Author: Mihai Costea
Jepson Online Interchange
Key to EmexPrevious taxon: Dodecahema leptoceras
Next taxon: Emex australis
Citation for this treatment: Mihai Costea 2017. Emex, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/eflora/eflora_display.php?tid=11208, accessed on April 28, 2017.
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2017. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/eflora/, accessed on April 28, 2017.