Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Annual (often ephemeral), glabrous herbs. Leaves sessile. Inflorescence a dichasium or monochasium, or a single flower. Calyx 4-lobed for less than half its length; corolla-lobes 4, spreading, tube narrowed above ovary; stamens 4, shortly exceeding corolla-tube, adnate to tube near base, anthers not or weakly twisted after dehiscence; ovary ovoid, 1-locular, stigma obscurely 2-lobed. Capsule septicidal, splitting in 2 from apex, largely remaining within withered perianth; seeds numerous, small, reticulate.

2 species; 1 from western Europe, north Africa and south-western asia, the other from western USA and western South America, both widely naturalised.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1999). Gentianaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-11-20
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Gentianales
family Gentianaceae
Higher taxa
genus Cicendia
Subordinate taxa