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The delicate flowers of the Bleeding Heart or Fumitory family are always a delight to find. The flowers are irregular and bisexual with 2 scale-like sepals and 4 petals. The outer petals spread above the narrower inner petals. The flowers usually have 6 stamens in two groups of 3 on opposite sides of the pistil, but may have 4 stamens positioned opposite the petals. The ovary is positioned superior and consists of 2 united carpels (bicarpellate) that form a single chamber. It matures as a capsule or a 1-seeded nut.
Key Words: Irregular dicot flowers with 2 sepals and 4 petals.
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