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Genus Torenia Family Linderniaceae

Description: Herbs, glabrous or villous.

Leaves opposite, petiolate.

Inflorescences racemose or axillary in clusters. Flowers pedicellate. Calyx ribbed or winged, often 2-lipped and short toothed, usually 5-lobed. Corolla 2-lipped; lower lip 3-lobed. Stamens 4; anterior; anthers connivent in pairs. Ovary apically usually with short coarse hairs.

Capsule oblong, included in persistent calyx, septicidal; seeds numerous, pitted.


Distribution and occurrence: World: 40 species, Old World Tropics. Australia 1 species recorded as garden escape and possibly naturalised (NSW).

Text by Louisa Murray
Taxon concept: Flora of China Vol. 18, p 37

One species in NSW: Torenia fournieri

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