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Sphenoclea zeylanica MS 2295.JPG
S. zeylanica
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Solanales
Family: Sphenocleaceae
Lindl.) Mart. ex DC.
Genus: Sphenoclea

S. zeylanica
S. pongatium

Sphenoclea is a genus of succulent erect annual herbs. They occur in damp habitats throughout the tropics.

There are two species,[1] S. zeylanica and S. pongatium. The genus is placed alone in family Sphenocleaceae. The position of the family is somewhat uncertain; it is now usually placed in Solanales, but it has previously been placed in Asterales, especially near Campanulaceae, and there is some evidence to support this.


  1. ^ Christenhusz, M. J. M., and Byng, J. W. (2016). "The number of known plants species in the world and its annual increase". Phytotaxa. Magnolia Press. 261 (3): 201–217. doi:10.11646/phytotaxa.261.3.1. 

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