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Published In: Characteres Generum Plantarum 38. 1775. (29 Nov 1775) (Char. Gen. Pl.) Name publication detail

Project Name Data (Last Modified On 6/2/2011)
Acceptance : Accepted
Project Data     (Last Modified On 6/3/2011)
Contributor Text: SAIDA QAISER
General/Distribution: A genus with about 39 species, distributed in the tropics and subtropics of the Old World; represented in Pakistan by the following species:


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Shrubs or trees. Leaves alternate, often crowded near the extremities of branches, leaf scars distinct on the branches; stipules small, caducous. Flowers in lateral or terminal racemes or occasionally in interrupted spikes. Calyx 2-4-lobed, adnate to the ovary. Petals 4, rarely 5, imbricate, somewhat adnate to the staminal tube. Stamens many in several series, connate at the base into a thick tube, filaments of the inner whorl reduced to small, ± bristle-like staminodes; anthers basifixed, dehiscing laterally. Staminal disc usually distinct around the style. Ovary 2-4-loculed with 2-many pendulous ovules per locule; style long and simple. Fruit fibrous or leathery, indehiscent, sometimes winged, 1-seeded. Seed usually spindle-shaped, embryo without cotyledons but with a spiral of minute scales towards the apex.
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