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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 2/7/2013)

Flora Data (Last Modified On 2/7/2013)
PlaceOfPublication Ber. Deutsch. Bot. Ges. 13: 83, 1895
Description Dioecious glabrous shrubs or trees, the sap often reddish. Leaves alternate, glabrous, char- taceous to coriaceous, petiolate, exstipulate, the tertiary veins parallel, conspicuously perpendicu- lar to the midrib. Flower fascicles in spikes, racemes or panicles, the axes glabrous, the bracts absent or inconspicuous. S t a m i n a t e flowers 3-25 per fascicle, the 3 (-5) tepals partially united; anthers 4-10, as long as or longer than the column. Pistillate flowers 1-8 per fascicle, the tepals partly connate, the 1-carpellate ovary with a subsessile 2-lobed stigma. Fruits fleshy, the thin pericarp dehiscing longitudinally into 2 valves; aril usually brightly colored and subentire; seed ellip- soid.
Habit shrubs or trees
Distribution In this genus of 8 species, that which occurs in Panama essentially covers the entire range of the genus, from southern Mexico through Central America to Amazonian Peru and Brazil.
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