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  1. Family: Aizoaceae Martinov
    1. Sesuvium L.

      1. This genus is accepted, and is native to Asia-Tropical, Africa, Pacific, Southern America, Northern America, Australasia and Asia-Temperate..


    Aïzoaceae, C. Jeffrey. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1961

    Erect, decumbent or creeping succulent annual or perennial herbs or sub-shrubs
    Leaves opposite, subopposite, or alternate, sessile or petiolate, linear, lanceolate, oblong, elliptic or ovate, entire, succulent
    Stipules absent
    Flowers axillary, solitary, sessile or pedunculate, bibracteolate, hermaphrodite, regular
    Calyx gamosepalous, 5-partite; calyx-lobes triangular, dorsally apiculate, green outside, coloured inside; calyx-tube short, obconical
    Stamens 5-many, free or connate at the base, inserted in the mouth of the calyx-tube
    Carpels 2–5, superior, united; ovary 2–5-locular; styles 2–5; ovules many; placentation axile
    Fruit a circumscissile capsule, the lid remaining whole
    Seeds several to many, black.

    Aizoaceae, M. L. Gonçalves. Flora Zambesiaca 4. 1978

    Prostrate or semi-prostrate succulent annual or perennial herbs.
    Leaves alternate, opposite or subopposite, usually petiolate and unequal, lanceolate, oblong or elliptic, entire, succulent, without stipules.
    Flowers axillary, solitary, regular, hermaphrodite, sessile or pedunculate, 2-bracteolate.
    Perianth 5-partite; lobes triangular, spreading, dorsally apiculate behind the tip, green outside, pink or purple inside; tube short, obconical.
    Stamens 5–?, free, inserted at the mouth of the perianth-tube.
    Carpels 2–3, superior, united; ovary 2–3-locular; styles 2–3; ovules ?; placentation axile.
    Fruit a conical circumscissile capsule, the lid pointed, remaining whole, thin-walled, the lower part thickened below the line of dehiscence or all over.
    Seeds several-?, black, rounded, with a prominent hilum, smooth or rugose.



    Native to:

    Alabama, Aldabra, Angola, Argentina Northeast, Argentina Northwest, Argentina South, Arizona, Arkansas, Aruba, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Belize, Benin, Bermuda, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil North, Brazil Northeast, Brazil South, Brazil Southeast, Brazil West-Central, Burkina, Cabinda, California, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canary Is., Cape Provinces, Cape Verde, Cayman Is., Chad, Chile North, China Southeast, Christmas I., Cocos (Keeling) Is., Colombia, Colorado, Congo, Cook Is., Cuba, Delaware, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Florida, French Guiana, Gabon, Galápagos, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Gilbert Is., Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Gulf of Guinea Is., Gulf States, Guyana, Hainan, Haiti, Hawaii, Honduras, Illinois, India, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Jawa, Kansas, Kenya, Laccadive Is., Leeward Is., Lesser Sunda Is., Line Is., Louisiana, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaya, Maldives, Mali, Maluku, Maryland, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico Central, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Northeast, Mexico Northwest, Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest, Mississippi, Morocco, Mozambique, Mozambique Channel I, Myanmar, Namibia, Nansei-shoto, Netherlands Antilles, Nevada, New Guinea, New Jersey, New Mexico, New South Wales, New York, Nicaragua, Niger, Niue, Norfolk Is., North Carolina, Northern Provinces, Northern Territory, Ogasawara-shoto, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pakistan, Panamá, Paraguay, Pennsylvania, Peru, Philippines, Phoenix Is., Puerto Rico, Queensland, Rodrigues, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Is., Somalia, South Carolina, South China Sea, Southwest Caribbean, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sulawesi, Sumatera, Suriname, Taiwan, Tanzania, Texas, Thailand, Tokelau-Manihiki, Tonga, Trinidad-Tobago, Tunisia, Turks-Caicos Is., Uruguay, Utah, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Venezuelan Antilles, Vietnam, Virginia, Wallis-Futuna Is., Western Australia, Western Sahara, Windward Is., Yemen, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

    Introduced into:

    Iran, Lebanon-Syria

    Accepted Species


    Other Data

    Sesuvium L. appears in other Kew resources:


    First published in Syst. Nat. ed. 10, 2: 1058 (1759)

    Accepted by

    • Bohley, K., Winter, P.J.D. & Kadereit, G. (2017). A revision of Sesuvium (Aizoaceae, Sesuvioideae) Systematic Botany 42: 124-147.


    Flora of West Tropical Africa

    • —F.T.A. 2: 585.

    Flora Zambesiaca

    • Syst. Nat. ed. 10: 1058 (1759).

    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • Syst. Nat., ed. 10: 1058 (1759)


    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa

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    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families.