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Published In: Genera Plantarum 1: 831. 1867. (Sept 1867) (Gen. Pl.) 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)
General/Distribution: About 12 species, mostly African, and a few Asian; 2 or 3 species found in Pakistan.


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Climbing and trailing, tuberous rooted, monoecious, perennial herbs, scabrid to subtomentose. Trendril simple. Leaves simple, petiolate, broadly ovate or reniform, cordate, palmately lobed, leaf lobes minutely apiculate-obtuse. Flowers small, dull or greenish-yellow. Male crowded at the apex, usually on long peduncles, few to many, sometimes produced on contracted, ± leafless branches at the nodes, calyx tube campanulate with small lobes. Petals connate at the base. Stamens 3, free, inserted on the calyx tube, one 1-thecous, the others 2-thecous, filaments short, thecae short, straight, lateral. Female flowers solitary or fascicled, subsessile, often co-axillary with the male inflorescence. Disc absent. Staminodes when present 5, subulate. Stigma 2(-3)-lobed. Fruit a berry, small, ovoid or ellipsoid, often beaked, red or yellowish-red, operculately dehiscent at the base. Seeds small, asymmetrically pyriform to subglobose.

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1 Seeds asymmetrically ± pyriform or ovoid, narrowed at base. Stem and leaves inconspicuously hairy (2)
+ Seeds subglobose or globose, not narrowed at base. Leaves usually pubescent 3 Corallocarpus schimperi
2 (1) Fruit sessile, conical, not suddenly contracted into the beak; seeds not margined 2 Corallocarpus conocarpus
+ Fruit pedicelled, ellipsoid or ovoid, suddenly contracted into the beak; seeds slightly margined 1 Corallocarpus epigaeus
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