Nicandra

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Annual herbs, glabrous or sparsely pubescent with simple hairs. Leaves alternate, simple, entire or irregularly toothed, petiolate. Flowers solitary in leaf-axils, bisexual, regular; calyx, 5-lobed, enlarged in fruit, persistent, lobes ovate, appressed along their margins, sagittate at base; corolla broad-campanulate, shortly 5-lobed, pale blue to mauve, lobes folded in bud; stamens 5, equal, inserted near base of corolla-tube, anthers 2-celled, dorsifixed, dehiscing by longitudinal slits; ovary 3–5-celled, stigma with 3–5 stigmatic areas. Fruit a dryish berry enclosed by inflated calyx; seeds reniform to lenticular, numerous.

A monotypic genus from Peru.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Solanaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Solanales
family Solanaceae
Higher taxa
genus Nicandra
Subordinate taxa