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Spergularia (Pers.) J. S. & C. Presl, nom. cons.

Herbs, annual or perennial, sometimes woody at base; stems erect, decumbent or procumbent, somewhat flattened, dilated at nodes. Leaves opposite-decussate, linear, often fleshy; stipules pale, scarious, united around node forming more or less triangular structures on either side of stem; leaf fascicles, if present, on one side of node only· Flowers in cymes. Sepals 5, free, scarious-margined. Petals 5, entire, white or pink. Stamens 1 - 10. Ovary 1-locular; styles 3 - 5. Capsules 3-valved; seeds spherical or pyriform, often winged.

Cosmopolitan; ca 40 species, one species in India.

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