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Amaranthaceae

Iresine P.Browne

Kingdom: Plantae Rank: Genus Parent: Amaranthaceae Status: Valid

Morphological Description

Diagnosis: Ours monoecious or dioecious herbs; leaves opposite, petiolate; leaf blades thin, entire or serrulate; inflorescence a panicle of numerous, small flowers, often whitish to straw-colored due to bracts and perianths; perianth 5-parted; pistillate flowers subtended by conspicuous white wool; stamens 5; fruit an indehiscent utricle; seeds dark red, shiny

Other

Notes: A genus of ca. 80 species of tropical and temperate areas, especially the Americas and Australia; some are used medicinally while others are cultivated for their ornamental foliage. (Greek: eiresione, a staff or branch wound with wool, from the calyx, often bearing long hairs)