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Aphragmus Andrz. ex DC.

Herbs, perennial, branching from base, more or less glabrous or slightly hairy below. Leaves simple, rosulate, linear-spathulate to oblong, stalked, entire, subacute at apex, fleshy, glabrous; cauline leaves several. Racemes short, axillary, lax, mostly bracteate. Flowers small, mostly white or lilac; pedicels thin, suberect in fruit. Sepals ascending, deciduous. Petals obovate-oblong, subacute at apex, about twice as long as sepals, or more. Stamens 6; filaments slender; anthers ovoid. Lateral nectariferous glands semicircular, opening inside, connate with narrow middle glands. Ovary subsessile, elliptic to oblong-elliptic, 6 - 10-ovuled; style short with compressed capitate stigma Fruits elliptic-oblong, subcompressed, acuminate at both ends, glabrous; valves distinctly midveined; septum usually absent, if present hyaline. Seeds 2-seriate, ovate, smooth, radicle incumbent.

C. Asia, Tibet and Himalayas; 3 - 4 species, 1 in India.

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