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Family :

OXALIDACEAE

Division :

Angiosperm

Genus of this Family

Description


Herbs, shrubs or small trees. Leaves basal or cauline, alternate, usually palmately or pinnately compound. Flowers bracteate and bracteolate, in 1-many flowered, axillary or terminal cymes or pseudoumbels, bisexual, actinomorphic, 5-merous, homo or hetero-stylous, rarely cleistogamous. Sepals 5, persistent. Petals 5, free or sometimes connate at base. Stamens usually 10, obdiplostemonous, outer shorter ones epipetalous and the inner longer ones episepalous. Carpels 5, sometimes 3, united, ovary superior, 3-5 angled. Fruit a capsule or berry.

Key to the Genus

Serial Key Reference
1a. Plant trees; fruit fleshy Averrhoa
1b. Plant herbs or undershrubs; fruit not fleshy 2
2a. Leaves palmate, trifoliolate; capsule elongate, linear with valves cohering with the axis after dehiscence Oxalis
2b. Leaves pinnate with 6 or more leaflets; capsule ovate to broadly oblong or elliptic with valves separating from the axis after dehiscence Biophytum