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Published In: Enumeratio Systematica Plantarum, quas in insulis Caribaeis 2, 16. 1760. (Enum. Syst. 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: A genus of about 40 species, distributed in tropical and subtropical America, Mexico, Paraguay, West Indies etc. One cultivated species in Pakistan.


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Evergreen shrubs or small trees. Leaves opposite or 3-4-whorled. Petiolate entire; stipules interpetiolar, caduceus. Inflorescence a terminal di- or trichotomous scorpoid cyme or panicle. Flowers sessile or shortly pedicellate. Hypanthium ovoid or turbinate. Calyx 5-lobed, lobes elliptic, short, erect and persistent. Corolla tubular or campanulate, 5-lobed, 5-ribbed, imbricate in bud, throat glabrous. Stamens 5, inserted at the base of corolla-tube; filaments short, anthers linear-oblong, basifixed Ovary 5-loculed, ovules numerous; stigma obtuse, fusiform; style slender, placentation axile. Fruit a small berry. Seds numerous, testa membranous, foveolate.
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