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Electronic Flora of South Australia genus Fact Sheet

Family: Chenopodiaceae
Salsola

Citation: L., Sp. Pl. 222 (1753).

Derivation: Latin sal, salt; with reference to the salty taste of Halogeton sativus (L.)C. Meyer, a species once included in Salsola.

Synonymy: Not Applicable

Common name: None

Description:
Herbs or shrubs; leaves alternate, sessile, entire.

Flowers bisexual, usually solitary in the leaf axil, sessile, 2-bracteolate; perianth-segments 5, lanceolate, scarious, each usually developing a transverse scarious wing in fruit; stamens 5; anthers sometimes bearing scarious or bladder-shaped appendages; ovary subglobular; stigmas 2, sessile or on a long style.

Utricle dry, included in the scarious perianth; seed orbicular, horizontal; testa membranous; embryo in a conical spiral; perisperm absent; filaments strap-shaped, attached to the outer surface of an annular or shallowly cup-shaped disc.

Distribution:  A genus of over 100 species in Europe, Asia, and Africa; introduced into America and Australia.

Biology: No text

Author: Not yet available


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