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Our members of this family are low, green plants with inconspicuous flowers. The leaves initially appear to have parallel venation like monocotyledons, but there are smaller, netted veins in between the main veins. The flowers are greenish, forming on a slender stalk. If you look closely you will see that the flowers are regular and bisexual with 4 united sepals and petals and 4 stamens. The ovary is positioned superior and consists of 2 united carpels (bicarpellate) forming a single chamber. It matures as a circumscissile (lidded) capsule with 1 or more seeds per cell, or sometimes as a nut.
Dicots with parallel veins.
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