Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Annual or perennial herbs, glabrous or glandular-hairy; rootstock often thick and fleshy or woody. Leaves opposite, petiolate. Inflorescence cymose, with flowers solitary, paired, clustered, or commonly, in simple or compound umbels; flowers small, bisexual; upper part of perianth petaloid, bell- or trumpet-shaped, shallowly 5–10-lobed, caducous; stamens 1–4, shorter than or shortly exceeding perianth; style simple, stigma capitate; ovary shortly stalked, enclosed by non-petaloid, lower part of perianth. Fruit 3–5-ribbed, often with short, glandular hairs.

About 20 species, mostly tropical; 12 native in Australia.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1996). Nyctaginaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-04-24
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Caryophyllanae
family Nyctaginaceae
Higher taxa
genus Boerhavia
Subordinate taxa