Modiola

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Creeping annual or perennial herbs with mixed stellate and simple hairs. Leaves alternate; stipules present, ± persistent. Flowers bisexual, solitary in axils; epicalyx of 3 free segments; calyx 5-lobed, the lobes about equal to the broadly campanulate tube, expanding in fruit; petals 5, free; stamens numerous, at the mouth of the obconical staminal tube; style-branches and locules c. 20, stigmas capitate; ovules 2 per locule. Fruit a schizocarp, the mericarps maturing 1 or 2 seeds, usually remaining attached to receptacle until seeds shed.

A single species, native to tropical and near-tropical America, widely naturalized.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1996). Modiola. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Malvales
family Malvaceae
Higher taxa
genus Modiola
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