Moench, Meth. 619 (1794).
Synonymy: Not Applicable
Common name: None
Perennial herbs, with scattered simple and stellate hairs; leaves palmately lobed, toothed.
flowers bisexual, pedunculate, single in leaf axils, moderately showy; epicalyx of 3 free segments; sepals fused below to form a campanulate tube with 5 lobes; petals 5, slightly longer than the sepals, brightly coloured; staminal tube subpyramidal, with the anthers at the apex; carpels many, in a single whorl; stigmas capitate, on slender style branches; ovules 2 or 3 in each carpel.
fruit more or less disc-shaped, flat above, consisting of many fruitlets (mericarps) which are 2-awned distally, 2-valved and divided by an incomplete horizontal partition into 2 superposed cells, the upper cell containing 1 ascending seed and the lower one a pendulous seed.
1 American species.
Latin modiolus, the name of a wheel; alluding to the shape of the fruit.
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