Aphragmus

Andrzejowski ex de Candolle in A. P. de Candolle and A. L. P. P. de Candolle

in A. P. de Candolle and A. L. P. P. de Candolle, Prodr. 1: 209. 1824

Etymology: Greek a-, not or without, and phragma, septum, alluding to its lack in fruit of some species
Synonyms: Oreas Chamisso & Schlechtendal Orobium Reichenbach Staintoniella H. Hara
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 7. Treatment on page 256. Mentioned on page 231, 232, 239, 245.
Plants not scapose; (sometimes rhizomatous, caudex thick, covered with persistent petiolar remains); glabrous or pubescent, trichomes simple or forked, (less than 0.1 mm). Stems erect or ascending, branched basally. Leaves basal and cauline; petiolate or sessile; basal rosulate, petiolate, blade margins entire; cauline petiolate or sessile, blade margins entire. Racemes (few- to several-flowered), bracteate throughout or basally. Fruiting pedicels [erect] ascending, divaricate, sometimes recurved, slender. Flowers: sepals (sometimes persistent), oblong; petals broadly obovate or spatulate, claw subequaling sepal, (apex rounded [obtuse]); stamens slightly tetradynamous; filaments dilated or not basally; anthers obtuse; nectar glands confluent, subtending bases of stamens. Fruits silicles or siliques, sessile or subsessile, oblong, elliptic, or lanceolate [ovate, linear]; valves each with obscure or distinct midvein, (smooth), glabrous; replum flattened basally; septum absent [complete and membranous]; style obsolete or distinct (to 2 mm); stigma capitate. Seeds plump, not winged, oblong or ovoid (on filiform funicles often longer than seeds); seed coat (minutely reticulate), not mucilaginous when wetted; cotyledons incumbent. x = 7.

Distribution

nw North America, Asia (Himalaya, Russian Far East).

Discussion

Species 11 (1 in the flora).

Lower Taxa