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11. Dysphania R. Br.

Dysphania R. Br., Prodr.: 411 (1810);Scott, Bot. Jahrb Syst. 100: 205-220 (1978);Jessop, Fl. C. Aust.: 51 (1981);Wilson, Nuytsia 4: 180-196 (1983).

Small herbs. Leaves alternate. Flowers in clusters, these axillary or in spiciform intlorescences; perianth lobes 2-4, free or connate at the base, hooded; stamen 1; disk wanting; ovary unilocular. Pericarp diaphanous, i free from the seed coat; embryo slightly hooked, subannular; seeds vertical or horizontal. About 17 spp., mostly Australia, New Zealand.

This genus, sometimes placed into a separate family, has proved to be a near relative of Chenopodium , several species of which have a very similar floral morphology.

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