Vaccaria

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Annual; glabrous herbs. Leaves opposite; bracts herbaceous to slightly scarious. Flowers in spreading dichasia, 5-merous, bisexual; epicalyx absent; calyx tubular, inflated below, with 5 winged veins, not scarious between veins, 5-lobed; petals exceeding calyx; coronal scales absent; stamens 10; ovary 1-celled, with several ovules, styles 2. Capsule subglobose to ovoid, opening by 4 short teeth; carpophore very short or absent; seeds several, subglobose, finely tuberculate.

1–4 species (opinions vary regarding their rank), native to the Mediterranean and Eurasia; 1 species naturalised in Australia.

Source: Adams, L.G. (1996). Caryophyllaceae. 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
Higher taxa
genus Vaccaria
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