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Genus Anoda Family Malvaceae

Description: Bristly or glabrescent annual herbs or sometimes slightly woody perennials.

Leaves hastate basally, 3-, 5- or 7-lobed or divided, margins entire, petiolate.

Flowers axillary, solitary or in racemes or panicles. Epicalyx absent. Calyx 5-lobed. Petals obovate, as long as or longer than the calyx. Staminal column with numerous apical filaments. Ovary 10–many-locular, each loculus 1-ovulate; style branches as many as loculi.

Fruit a flattened schizocarp, breaking into 1-seeded dehiscent mericarps, often beaked or spurred.


Distribution and occurrence: World: c. 15 species, tropical America. Australia: 1 species (naturalized).

Text by A. S. Mitchell & E. H. Norris
Taxon concept:

One species in NSW: Anoda cristata

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