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Herbs, annual or perennial, erect or suberect, branched, clothed with bipartite, medifixed appressed hairs. Leaves linear or narrowly oblanceolate, sessile, entire or obscurely toothed along margins, usually acute at apex. Flowers small, white or pinkish in lax ebracteatc racemes; pedicels filiform, spreading. Sepals patent, not saccate at base. Petals broadly obovate or suborbicular, clawed, white. Stamens 6; filaments linear, without appendages. Lateral nectar glands in pairs, short, stalk-like, middle ones rudimentary. Ovary suborbicular or ovate, 2 - 10-ovuled. Fruit a latiseptate silicula, suborbicular or ovate, bilocular, compressed, dchiscent; valves slightly inflated, with a distinct midvein; septum obscurely veined; style distinct; seeds suborbicular, com-pressed, narrowly winged, 1 - 5 in each locule.

Mostly in Mediterranean region; 5 species, 1 in India.




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