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Popowia Endl.


Small trees. Leaves subgranular in texture, glabrous, pubescent or tomentose. Flowers bisexual, small, solitary or few in fascicles, extra-axillary or leaf-opposed; buds subglobular. Sepals 3, valvate, ovate or orbicular. Petals 6 (3 + 3), valvate; outer petals like the sepals, but larger; inner ones larger than outer, thick, concave, connivent, slightly clawed at base, acute at tip, sometimes inflexed. Stamens short, cuneate; connectives flat-topped or slightly concave, straight or curved; stigma capitate. Ripe carpels many, globose or ovoid, stalked or subsessile. Seeds 1 - 4, shiny.

India, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia to Australia and Africa; ca 50 species, 3 in India.



KEY TO THE SPECIES


1a. Leaves lanceolate or oblong-lanceolate, 5 - 7 x 2 - 3 cm 1. Popowia beddomeana
b. Leaves oblong or elliptic, 8 - 14 x 4 - 6 cm 2
2a. Sepals and petals strigose 2. Popowia helferi
b. Sepals and petals pubescent 3. Popowia parvifolia


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