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Shrubs, rarely climbing. Leaves opposite, mostly entire, usually glandular below; stipules inconspicuous. Flowers bisexual, mostly paniculate or racemose; pedicels articulate at base or in middle, 2-bracteolate. Calyx 5-partite, often glandular. Petals clawed. Stamens 10, all perfect, unequal; filaments united at base; anthers unappendaged. Ovary 3-locular with lobes gibbous on back; styles 3, subulate, hooked at apex; stigmas crest-like. Samaras 1-3, winged on back; wings thickened on lower margins; seeds oblong; cotyledons often unequal.

S. America and also in W. tropical Africa, ca 80 species; 2 species commonly grown in gardens in India. viz. H. argentea H.B.K was also recorded to be grown in the country but not seen commonly.


1a. Erect, almost unbranched shrubs; leaves linear-oblong or linear-lanceolate, glabrous 1. Heteropteris angustifolia
b. Climbing, profulely branched shrubs; leaves elliptic, ovate, obovate or orbicular, silky-tomentotose beneath 2. Heteropteris laevifolia

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