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Scandent or straggling shrubs, often tomentose; lateral branches short and modified as coiled hooks. Leaves alternate, entire, crenate or serrate, penninerved, stipulate. Inflorescence cymose, terminal or axillary or flowers solitary or fascicled. Sepals 5, imbricate, unequal. Petals 5, yellow, contorted, hypogynous, fugacious. Stamens 10, 5 longer alternating with 5 shorter, connate at base into a short tube. Ovary 5-locular; ovules 2, collateral in each locule; styles 5, filiform; stigmas capitate, lobed. Fruits drupaceous, globose, fleshy. Seeds compressed.

Tropical Asia and Africa, ca 65 species; 2 in India.


1a. Leaves elliptic or lanceolate, crenate; lateral nerves 16 - 19 pairs 1. Hugonia belli
b. Leaves elliptic-obovate or obovate-oblong, entire; lateral nerves 8 - 14 pairs 2. Hugonia mystax

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