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Family Dipsacaceae

Synonyms: Dipsacaceae APNI*

Description: Shrubs or small trees, rarely herbs.

Leaves opposite, simple; mostly without stipules but opposite leaves basally joined by a ridge.

Inflorescences cymose. Flowers zygomorphic or actinomorphic, bisexual, 4- or 5-merous. Calyx 4- or 5-toothed. Corolla tubular 5- or 4-lobed, sometimes 2-lipped. Stamens 4 or 5, epipetalous, alternate with corolla lobes; anthers 2-locular, dorsifixed and versatile, dehiscence by longitudinal slits. Ovary inferior, loculi 2–5 or rarely more; ovules 1–many per loculi; style simple; stigma capitate.

Fruit a fleshy berry or drupe or an achene or capsule.


Distribution and occurrence: World: 11 genera, 450 species, northern temperate regions & tropical mountains. Australia: 4 genera, 5 species, Qld, N.S.W., Vic., Tas.

External links:
Angiosperm Phylogeny Website (Family: Caprifoliaceae, Order: Dipsacales)
Wikipedia

A number of species are commonly grown as ornamentals.

Text by G. J. Harden (1990); edited KL Wilson (August 2008)
Taxon concept:

 Key to the genera 
1Plants thistle-like, spiny; involucral bracts spinyDipsacus
Plants not spiny: involucral bracts leafyScabiosa

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