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Electronic Flora of South Australia genus Fact Sheet

Family: Compositae
Eclipta

Citation: L., Mant. Alt. 157 (1771).

Derivation: Greek ekleipo, to be lacking; the achenes of some species are without a pappus or wings.

Synonymy: Not Applicable

Common name: None

Description:
About 5 species widespread in the warmer parts of the world; 2 native to Australia.

Capitula shortly pedunculate, axillary, solitary or in pairs, small, radiate, heterogamous; involucres broadly campanulate; bracts herbaceous, subequal, 2-seriate; receptacle flat to convex; receptacular scales very narrow, often absent from the central florets; ray florets female, uniseriate, ligulate; style branches short, oblong, obtuse, papillose; disk florets bisexual, fertile, tubular, 4-merous; corolla campanulate; anthers obtuse at the base, with short ovate apical appendages; style branches oblong, with acute papillose terminal appendages.

Achenes oblong to obovate, compressed; pappus of minute connate scales and spines or reduced to a rim.

Biology: No text

Key to Species:
1. Achenes with 2 or 3 broad wings
E. alatocarpa 1.
1. Achenes wingless
E. platyglossa 2.

Author: Not yet available


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