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Published In: The Gardeners Dictionary...Abridged...fourth edition 2: [68]. 1754. (28 Jan 1754) (Gard. Dict. Abr. (ed. 4)) Name publication detail

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General/Distribution: A small genus of 4 species, chiefly distributed in tropical America; introduced in cultvation in other parts of the world.


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Trees or shrubs, with stellate hairs. Leaves alternate, simple, dentate, serrate, often oblique. Inflorescence an axillary-pedunculate cyme. Flowers white, pink or yellow, bisexual, actinomorphic, bracteate. Calyx 2-5-lobed or partite, lobes reflexed. Petals 5, cucullate, apex with a long, deeply bifid liguliform appendage, valvate. Stamens 15, monadelphous, staminal column split above into triangular or lanceolate staminodes and 5 lobes, each with 3 functional anthers, antipetalous. Carpels 5, syncarpous; ovary ellipsoid-globose, 5-loculed, ovules biseriate; style filiform. Fruit a woody capsule, muricate, bristly or with filiform appendages. Seeds small, endospermic.
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