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Woody climbers; branches pendulous. Leaves peltate or non-peltate. Inflorescences supra-axillary or cauliflorous, composed of racemose cymes. Male flowers: sepals 6, outer 3 narrower than inner ones; petals 6, marginally involute around opposite stamens; stamens 6; filaments free, thickened upwards; anthers subglobose, 4-lobed, dehiscing by transverse slit. Female flowers: sepals and petals as in male; staminodes 6, filamentose; carpels 3; styles short, stout; stigma recurved, flattened, dentate at margins. Drupes laterally compressed, curved; endocarp obovate to narrowly obovate-curved, transversely ridged, with an elongated depression on each side. Seeds curved; embryo narrow; radicle much shorter than flat cotyledons; endosperm scanty.

Tropical S. E. Asia; 2 species, one species with 2 varieties in India.




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