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Published In: Species Plantarum 2: 1022. 1753. (1 May 1753) (Sp. Pl.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

Project Name Data (Last Modified On 9/27/2011)
Acceptance : Accepted
Project data     (Last Modified On 8/26/2015)
Area distribution:

About 7 species, mainly tropical.




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Evergreen, root-parasitic shrubs or trees. Branches angular. Leaves mostly alternate. Inflorescences axillary. Bracts and bracteoles caducous. Flowers unisexual (plants dioecious or polygamous) or rarely hermaphrodite; staminate flowers crowded on peduncles; pistillate and hermaphrodite ones solitary or few. Perianth 3-4 (-5)-partite with ovate caducous segments; tube very short in staminate flowers, long-obconical in the pistillate ones. Receptacle disk-like, convex, 3-4-angled. Stamens 3-4, with short thick filaments inserted at base of tepals; anthers 2-celled. Ovary inferior, 1-celled, 3 (-4)-ovuled, fleshy, with a short style; stigma 3-4-lobed. Drupe 1-seeded, ovoid-globular, bearing remnants of perianth and disk on top. Seed filling the drupe, mostly with endosperm; embryo short, straight or somewhat arcuate.


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