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Nasturtium R. Br., nom. cons.


Herbs, terrestrial or aquatic, branched, glabrous or hairy. Leaves entire, lobed or pinnate. Racemes lax in fruit, ebracteate. Flowers small, white. Sepals short. Petals spathulate. Stamens 6. Ovary oblong, many ovuled. Fruits subcylindrical, bilocular, dehiscent; valves membranous, faintly 1-nerved, glabrous. Seeds 1 - 2-seriate.

Widespread in the Northern Hemisphere; 2 species, both in India.



KEY TO THE SPECIES


1a. Fruits ca 1 mm broad; seeds uniseriate 1. Nasturtium microphyllum
b. Fruits ca 2 mm broad; seeds biseriate 2. Nasturtium officinale


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