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Published In: Systema Naturae, Editio Decima 2: 1288. 1759. (Syst. Nat. (ed. 10)) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

Project Name Data (Last Modified On 6/2/2011)
Acceptance : Accepted
Project Data     (Last Modified On 6/3/2011)
Contributor Text: A. RADCLIFFE-SMITH
General/Distribution: An Old World tropical genus of 40 species, only one of which is cultivated in Pakistan.


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Dioecious or monoecious glabrous trees or shrubs. Leaves alternate or opposite, petiolate, stipulate, simple, entire or toothed, penninerved, eglandular. Inflorescences spiciform or racemiform, axillary or terminal, usually solitary, unisexual or bisexual; ♂ bracts 1-∞-flowered, usually biglandular at the base. Male flowers ± senile; sepals 2-4, free or united at the base, imbricate; petals 0; disc 0; stamens 2-3 (-8), free, anthers basifixed, extrorse, longitudinally dehiscent; pistillode 0. Female flowers shortly pedicellate; sepals 2-3, free or connate at the base, imbricate; petals 0; disc 0; ovary 2-3-celled, with 1 ovule per cell; styles 2-3, free or slighly connate, entire, coiled. Fruit 2-34obed, septicidally dehiscent; exocarp sometimes slightly fleshy. Seeds leaving the caruncle adnate to the columella; testa crustaceous; albumen fleshy; cotyledons broad, flat.
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