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Published In: Characteres Generum Plantarum 111, pl. 56. 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: A. RADCLIFFE-SMITH
General/Distribution: A genus of 2 species from Tropical Asia and Oceania, one of which is cultivated in Pakistan.


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Monoecious trees with a stellate indumentum. Leaves alternate, simple, entire or palmatilobed, petiolate, stipulate. Inflorescences terminal, thyrsiform, androgynous, protogynous, with a ♀ flower at the end of each major axis, and the lateral cymules ♂; bracts subulate, caducous. Male flowers: calyx closed in bud, later splitting valvately into 2-3 lobes; petals 5, free, imbricate; disc 5-lobed; stamens c. 20, the outer free, the inner ± united, anthers introrse; pistillode 0. Female flowers: calyx, petals and disc as in the ♂ f1s.; ovary 2(-3)-celled, with 1 ovule per cell; styles 2-3, thick, bibbed. Fruits large, drupaceous, indehiscent: exocarp fleshy; endocarp woody, sometimes 1-celled by abortion. Seeds ovoid, ecarunculate; testa thick, woody; albumen hard; embryo straight, cotyledons broad, flat.
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