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Genus Modiola Family Malvaceae

Description: Annual or short-lived perennial spreading herbs, covered with stellate and/or simple hairs.

Leaves lobed, petiolate.

Flowers solitary, axillary, pedunculate. Epicalyx segments 3, free. Sepals 5, fused at the base. Staminal column c. as long as the styles; anthers c. 20. Ovary c. 20-locular; styles as many as loculi, fused at the base.

Fruit a loculicidal capsule; carpels with 2 superposed seeds separated by an incomplete horizontal septum.


Distribution and occurrence: World: 1 species, South America. Australia: 1 species (naturalized).

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

One species in NSW: Modiola caroliniana

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