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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 1/14/2013)

Flora Data (Last Modified On 1/14/2013)
PlaceOfPublication Sp. P1. 1193. 1753.
Synonym Heymatssoli Aubl. Hist. P1. Guyan. Franc. 1:324, t. I25. 1775. Rottboelia Scop. Introd. 23 3, n. 1060. 1777. Pimecaria Raf. Alsog. Am. 64. 1838.
Description Armed root parasitic shrubs or trees, the spines axillary, the young branches glabrous. Leaves alternate, ovate or elliptic, mucronate or acuminate at the apex, obtuse to cuneate at the base. Inflorescence umbellate, simple or compound, sometimes fasciculate, bracteate. Flowers bisexual, hypogynous, medium-sized. Calyx small, 3- to 5-toothed, not accrescent. Petals 4 or 5, free, thickly covered with red-brown barbed hairs within, valvate in bud. Stamens 8-10, in two whorls, the anthers oblong or linear, dehiscing longitudinally, the filaments filiform. Ovary long-conical, 4-loculate above the middle, the ovules pendulous, with 1 integument, the style filiform, about as long as the ovary, the stigma minutely capitate. Drupe ovoid to ellipsoid, from yellow to purple; seed with a small embryo at the apex of the fleshy endosperm.
Habit shrub tree
Distribution Approximately 15 species, circumtropical; Florida, Central and South America, Antilles, Africa, East Indies, Asia, and Australia. Only one species known from Panama.
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