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Genus Vaccaria Family Caryophyllaceae

Description: Glabrous annuals.

Leaves sessile, bases of opposite pairs fused and stem-clasping; stipules absent.

Flowers in spreading dichasial cymes. Calyx tubular, inflated below, whitish with green wings. Petals 5, clawed, longer than sepals. Stamens 10. Ovary 1-locular; styles 2.

Capsule opening by 4 short valves.


Distribution and occurrence: World: 4 species, Europe to temperate Asia. Australia: 1 species (naturalized).

Text by A. Doust
Taxon concept:

One species in NSW: Vaccaria hispanica

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