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5. Beta L.

Beta L., Sp. Pl.: 222 (1753);Coons, Proc. Amer. Soc. Sugar Beet Techn/8: 142-147 (1954);Ford-Lloyd & Williams, Bot. J. Linn. S0c.71: 89-102 (1975);Buttler, Mitt. Bot. Staatssamml Munchen 13: 255-336 (1977).Patellaria Will. & Ford-Lloyd (1976), nom. illeg.Patellifolia Will. & Ford-Lloyd (1977);Scott et al., Taxon 26: 284 (1977).

Perennial or annual herbs; root woody or tleshy. Flowers rarely solitary, usually in clusters of 2-3, fused by their basally indurated perianth, the whole cluster falling off at maturity; perianth lobes greenish, sometimes petaloid, perigynous; stamens 5, filaments united basally into a fleshy ring; stigmas 2-5. Pericarp fleshy or hard; seeds horizontal; embryo subannular. Zn: 18, 36. 11 to 13 spp., Mediterranean region, W and C Asia.


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