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Herbs or undershrubs, annual, halophytic; stems with jointed nodes. Leaves opposite, decussate, small. Flowers solitary, axillary or in cymes, sessile, pink. Sepals 4 - 6, induplicate or valvate, persistent. Petals 4 - 5, imbricate, claw with a ligular scale on the inner side. Stamens 4 - 6. Stigmas 2 - 3, forked. Capsule unilocular, splitting by 3 valvase.

Tropical and subtropical coastal and interior saline areas, around the world; ca 70 species, one in India.




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