Gentian family

FORM herbs

Genera      80              

Species  900 in our area 48 (Gray);   43 (B&B)43

Distribution temperate regions

Flowers Cyme, regular, perfect, solitary or in clusters

#Parts  4-12 fused sepals, 4-12 fused petals, stamens fused to petals, alternate with petal lobes and equal petals in number.  

Symmetry regular

Leaves simple opposite entire, may be fused across the stem.