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Published In: Flora 20(2,Beibl.): 114–117. 1837. (Flora) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

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Acceptance : Accepted
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General/Distribution: A genus with about 100 species distributed in tropical and subtropical America.


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Trees or shrubs with spinescent stipules or axillary spines. Leaves bipinnate, petiole with a gland above at the junction of pinnae, leaflets 1-3 pairs, rarely more. Inflorescence head or spike often racemosely or paniculately arranged. Flowers generally sessile, bisexual, 5 or rarely 4 or 6-merous. Sepals usually 5, rarely 4 or 6, connate, campanulate, teeth small valvate. Petals 5, sometimes 4 or 6, connate, externally minutely hairy to glabrous. Stamens indefinite, monadelphous, much exserted. Ovary usually puberulous, sessile or shortly stipitate, ovules nume¬rous, style thin, stigma capitate. Pod spirally twisted, circinate or curved or rarely straight, compressed or convex, dehiscing from below splitting into 2 valves. Seeds compressed, ovate or rounded, embedded in a scanty pulp, often arillate, non endospermic.
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