L. Sp. Pl. 367 (1753).
Derivation: Greek elatine, name of a plant, perhaps a toad-flax.
Synonymy: Not Applicable
Common name: None
Prostrate annual herbs, glabrous; leaves opposite, thin, with minute glands along the margins, attenuate to a short petiole; stipules membranous, more or less entire, connate at first, deciduous.
Flowers solitary in leaf axils; sepals 3 or 4, obtuse, free, rather inconspicuous, thin, greenish, flat to somewhat concave, not keeled; petals as many as the sepals, pink, deciduous; stamens 3 or 4; ovary cells 3 or 4, the styles sharply demarcated from the somewhat depressed apex of the ovary; capsules depressed-globose, the walls membranous, dehiscing opposite the sepals.
Seeds more or less cylindrical, straight or slightly curved, with longitudinal ribs and transverse lines.
About 20 species in most parts of the world.
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