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Herbs, or often suffrutescent, annual or perennial, often decumbent, branched, clothed with short stellate hairs, sometimes heterotrichous. Leaves linear, entire. Inflorescence racemose, ebracteate, simple or branched; elongating in fruit. Flowers small, generally yellow, often dull white. Sepals free, erect, not saccate at base. Petals spathulate-oblong, clawed at base, emarginate at apex, about twice as long as sepals. Stamens 6, free; filaments filiform or sometimes winged at base; anthers blunt at apex. Lateral nectar glands in pairs. Ovary suborbicular to elliptic, bilocular, 1 - 8-ovuled in each locule; style short; stigma slightly bilobed. Fruit a silicula, suborbicular, broadly ovate or elliptic, discoid, bilocular, dehiscent, rarely subdehisccnt or indehiscent, slightly emarginate or entire at apex; septum membranous, broad. Seeds 1 - 2 or more in each cell, suborbicular, more or less compressed.

S.E. Europe, N. Africa, C. & W. Asia, Pakistan and N.W. Himalayas; ca 100 species, 1 in India.




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