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Genus Lampranthus Family Aizoaceae

Description: Erect or prostrate, perennial shrubs, glabrous, succulent; branchlets compressed; flowering branches with conspicuous internodes.

Leaves opposite, shortly fused, triangular in cross section, laterally compressed, acutely keeled.

Flowers solitary, terminal, pedicellate. Perianth lobes 5, approximately equal in size, 2 or 3 with membranous margins. Petaloid staminodes many, white, yellow or purple. Stamens numerous. Ovary inferior; 5-locular, with numerous ovules per loculus; placentation parietal; styles 5.

Fruit a hygroscopic capsule; valves winged; expanding keels divergent; placental tubercles absent; seeds many, pyriform, rough, dark brown.


Distribution and occurrence: World: 178 species, southern Africa. Australia: 3 species (naturalized), N.S.W., Vic., Tas., S.A., W.A.

Text by S. W. L. Jacobs & J. Highet
Taxon concept:

 Key to the species 
1Plant prostrate; flowers 1.5–2 cm diamLampranthus tegens
Plant decumbent to more or less erect; flowers 2–5 cm diamLampranthus multiradiatus

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