Perianth regular, the 6 tep spreading, equal, distinct; stamens 6, hypogynous; filaments slender; anthers ovate, introrse; ovary globose, with 2 ovules per locule; style very short; stigma obscurely 3-lobed; fr a globose berry with usually only 1 or 2 seeds; herbs from a long creeping rhizome, the erect or ascending stems bearing alternate, sessile or sub sessile lvs and a terminal raceme or panicle of small white fls. 25, N. Amer. and Asia. (Vagnera)
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