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Not Spreng. 1800.]
Erect perennial leafy herbs, with entire sparingly toothed or undulate leaves, and small greenish white axdlary flowers. Sepals 5, linear, equal, not prolonged at the base. Petals nearly equal, erect, imbricate, the lower one cordate, broader than the others, which are nearly alike in shape. Stamens 5, syngenesious, the sheath with a 2-lobed gland at the base; anthers almost sessile. Ovules 3 or 4 on each placenta; style hooked at the apex. Capsules slightly lobed, 3-valved, the valves infolded after dehiscence. Seeds obovoid-globose; embryo nearly the length of the endosperm. [Greek, from Cybele.]
A monotypic genus of eastern North America.
Solea concolor Ging. in DC. Prodr. 1: 306. 1824.
Cubelium concolor Raf. Cat. Bot. Gard. Trans. 13. 1824.
Simple, 1°-2° high, more or less pubescent.
Leaves alternate, ascending, oblong-lanceolate, 3'-4 1/2 long, 1'-1 1/2' wide, acuminate, attenuate at the base into a short petiole, entire, or with a few lateral teeth near the apex; stipules linear, acute, 3"-6" long; flowers axillary, 1-3 together, about 4" long, on recurved pedicels; sepals linear, about equalling the corolla; lower petal twice as broad as the others, gibbous at the base; capsule oblong, 8"-12" long, dehiscent by 3 valves; seeds large.