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Glinus lotoides

Higher Taxonomy
Family: MolluginaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key
Habit: Annual [perennial herb, shrub], glabrous or hairy. Stem: prostrate to erect. Leaf: simple, generally basal and cauline, alternate, opposite, or whorled, entire, (fleshy), petioled [not]; stipules 0 or small, deciduous. Inflorescence: axillary or terminal cyme [umbel] or flowers 1; flowers pedicelled or not. Flower: generally bisexual, small, radial; sepals 4--5, free or fused, persistent; corolla 0 or small (= staminodes); stamens 2--25, free or fused basally, on hypanthium, alternate sepals, petal-like or not; nectary a ring; ovary superior, chambers [1]3--5[10], placentas generally axile, styles [0]1 or 3--5, generally free. Fruit: 3--5-valved capsule [achene]. Seed: 1 or more per chamber, reniform to lenticular, arilled or not.
Genera In Family: 14 genera, 125 species: generally tropics, subtropics, especially Africa.
eFlora Treatment Author: Michael A. Vincent & Wayne R. Ferren, Jr.
Scientific Editor: Thomas J. Rosatti.
Genus: GlinusView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Common Name: DAMASCISA
Habit: Annual, hairs generally forked or stellate. Stem: prostrate to ascending, branched from base. Leaf: whorled [alternate], entire [toothed]; blade base tapered, tip broadly rounded to acute; stipules 0. Inflorescence: axillary, flowers 3--15, pedicel 0--3 mm. Flower: flask- or bell-shaped; sepals 5, fused basally, margins wide-scarious; petals 0 [5--20]; stamens 3--20, free or fused in groups, outer sterile; style 0 or short, stigmas 3--5. Fruit: 3--5-valved, included in calyx, ellipsoid. Seed: many, minute, smooth or tubercled; aril coiled around seed.
Species In Genus: 6 species: tropics, subtropics. Etymology: (Greek: sweet juice)
Glinus lotoides L.
Stem: 0.5--3.5 dm. Leaf: petiole 1--7 mm; blade 0.5--3 cm, obovate to round, +- gray-green. Inflorescence: flowers 3--15. Flower: sepals 3.5--4.5 mm, lanceolate, keeled, stellate-tomentose. Fruit: 3.5--4.5 mm. Seed: 0.4--0.6 mm, orange-brown, tubercles black or not. Chromosomes: 2n=36.
Ecology: Uncommon. Moist or seasonally dry margins of wetlands; Elevation: < 1000 m. Bioregional Distribution: NCoR, GV, SnFrB, SCoRO, SCo, WTR, SnGb, PR; Distribution Outside California: to Alaska, southeastern United States; native to Europe. Flowering Time: Jun--Nov
Jepson eFlora Author: Michael A. Vincent & Wayne R. Ferren, Jr.
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Botanical illustration including Glinus lotoides

botanical illustration including Glinus lotoides


Citation for this treatment: Michael A. Vincent & Wayne R. Ferren, Jr. 2012, Glinus lotoides, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, /eflora/eflora_display.php?tid=27053, accessed on May 29, 2020.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2020, Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 29, 2020.

Glinus lotoides
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Glinus lotoides
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Glinus lotoides
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Glinus lotoides
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Glinus lotoides
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Glinus lotoides
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Geographic subdivisions for Glinus lotoides:
NCoR, GV, SnFrB, SCoRO, SCo, WTR, SnGb, PR
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