N. E. Brown

Gard. Chron., ser. 3, 78: 412. 1925.

Etymology: Greek a- , not, and pt enos, winged, in reference to the lack of wings on the capsules
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 4. Treatment on page 83. Mentioned on page 77.

Subshrubs, succulent, minutely papillate to smooth, glabrous. Roots fibrous, sometimes thick and fleshy. Stems prostrate or climbing, green. Leaves cauline, opposite [alternate], petiolate, those of each pair equal; stipules absent; blade cordate [lanceolate], flat, margins entire. Inflorescences axillary [terminal], flowers solitary or in few-flowered clusters, sessile or peduncled; bracts absent. Flowers showy, campanulate, 1 cm diam.; hypanthium conic; calyx lobes 4, unequal, 2 larger and leaflike, 2 green, tapered; petals (including petaloid staminodia) 140, connate proximally, white, cream, yellow, or pink to purple; nectary absent; stamens 80, arising from hypanthium; pistil 4-carpellate; ovary inferior, 4-loculed; placentation axile; styles absent; stigmas 4, linear. Fruits capsules, hygroscopic, obconic; valves 4; valve lids and wings absent. Seeds 800, brownish black, flat, tuberculate; arils absent.


Introduced; Europe, Africa, Australia.


Species 2 (1 in the flora).

Selected References


Lower Taxa