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Chironia spp.

Chironia gratissima flower by Ton Rulkens (CC BY-SA 2.0)


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Chironia Overview

Genus of around 25 annual or subshrub species with erect to irregular in growth habits. Species are either simple or branched and may form roots above ground from the stem. Saucer-shaped, 5-petalled, rose pink to purple or white flowers are produced either solitarily or in abundances on cyme arrangements. Cymes consist of a central stem that produces a flower at its growing tip first, followed by flowers from the ends of subsequently produced lateral shoots. Flowers have 5 stamens with big yellow anthers, these produce male pollen for sexual reproduction. The female flower ovary is contained within a structure called the pistil, this is comprised of a stigma at the top, which pollen lands upon to begin the process of reproduction and in this genus this structure is simple, with an attractively hooked tip. Foliage is variable, either produced in a basal rosette or on the upper parts of stems. The upper leaves are arranged oppositely in pairs and these may be linear, lance, oval or heart-shaped, but most often the leaves are greatly reduced to stalkless, thin, linear leaves, these may be lobed and curving to almost completely surround the plant stems.