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Perennial herbs; rootstocks creeping. Leaves ternately compound; stipules short. Flowers usually white or sometimes yellowish white, in racemes or panicles, 2-merous, pendulous, sometimes with glandular hairs on stalk. Sepals 8, petaloid, in 2 opposite series; outer smaller. Petals 4, opposite to the sepals, hooded or spurred. Stamens 4, opposite to petals; anther-thecae opening by recurved valves. Ovary 1; style subulate; stigma dilated; ovules few to many, 2-seriate on the ventral suture. Capsules elongate, unequally 2-valved. Seeds few, smooth, almost black.

India, N. Africa, Italy, N. E. Asia and Japan; ca 21 species, one in India.




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