An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions/Scheuchzeriaceae
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Theor. Syst. PI. 44.
Marsh herbs with rush-like leaves and small spicate or racemose perfect flowers. Perianth 4-6-parted, its segments in two series, persistent or deciduous. Stamens 3-6. Filaments very short or elongated. Anthers mostly 2-celled and extrorse. Carpels 3-6, 1-2-ovuled, more or less united until maturity, dehiscent or indehiscent. Seeds anatropous. Embryo straight.
Four genera and about 10 species of wide geographic distribution.