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Malpighia urens L., Sp. Pl. 426. 1753.

Shrubs; branches glabrous; branchlets hispid. Leaves ovate, obtuse or rounded at base, acute at apex, 7.5-16 x 4.5-8.5 cm, subcoriaceous, glabrous; petioles 4-10 mm long, subglabrous. Corymbs 2-6-flowered; peduncles 4-11 mm long; pedicels 7-13 mm long, articulate below middle; bracts and bracteoles lanceolate or ovate, ca 1.5 x 0.75 mm. Flowers 13-16 mm across; flower-buds globose, 4-5 mm across. Calyx 10-glandular; calyx-lobes ovate, acute; glands ovoid or obovoid, posterior ones ca 2 mm long; anterior one ca 1 mm long. Petals orbicular, 4-6 mm long. Filaments ca 1.5 mm long; anthers cordate-ovate, ca 1 mm long. Drupes broadly ovoid-pyramidal, 3-grooved, 9-ribbed, 7-9 mm across, deep red.

Fl. & Fr. April - July.

Rarely cultivated in gardens.

Native of tropical America.

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