Psilocaulon

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Erect or decumbent, much-branched succulent annuals or perennials; stems terete, sometimes jointed. Leaves opposite, sessile, sometimes shortly connate at base, slender, terete or semi-terete, soon withering and deciduous. Flowers terminal, in cymes or solitary on lateral branches, pedicellate; sepals 5, rarely 4 (but not in Australia); petaloid staminodes and stamens numerous; ovary inferior or slightly superior, 5(4)-locular; ovules numerous, axile. Fruit 5(4)-locular; locules without wings; seeds D-shaped to triangular, laterally compressed, tuberculate.

72 species, endemic in South Africa; 1 species naturalised in Australia.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1996). Aizoaceae. 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 Caryophyllanae
family Aizoaceae
Higher taxa
genus Psilocaulon
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