Electronic Flora of South Australia genus Fact Sheet
L., Sp. Pl. 222 (1753).
Derivation: The Latin name for the beet.
Synonymy: Not Applicable
Common name: None
Annual, biennial or perennial herbs, glabrous; leaves flat, entire.
Flowers bisexual, in small clusters forming a slender spike; clusters subtended by a bract and a pair of bracteoles; perianth 5-lobed; stamens 5; ovary semi-inferior, adnate to the perianth tube; stigmas 2 or 3, sessile, ovate, papillose on the inner surface.
Fruit with a hard apex which eventually falls away as an operculum; seed horizontal; testa crustaceous; embryo almost annular; perisperm abundant, central.
About 7 species from Europe and Asia one of which is adventive in Australia.
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