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Undershrubs or shrubs. Leaves alternate, entire or crenate-serrate, membranaceous, penninerved; stipules minute, subulate, caducous. Flowers yellow or white solitary or in very short fasiculate, axillary racemes or in dense corymbs at the end of branches, pedicellate, bracteate. Sepals 5, ovate or lanceolate, acuminate, entire. Petals 5, contorted, fugaceous, much longer than sepals. Stamens 5, hypogynous, connate at base, alternating with 5 interposed subulate staminodes, glands 2 - 3, adnate to the Staminal tube. Ovary 3 - 5-locular. Ovules 2 in each locule; styles 3 - 4 (5 - 7), filiform, free or connate below; stigmas subcapitate. Fruits capsular, globose, splitting usually into 6 - 8 valves or cocci. Seeds reniform; endosperm thin; embryo straight.

Restricted to Asia (India, China to Malesia), 2 species; both occur in India.

Literature. SHARMA, M. (1972) Pollen morphology of Reinwardtia indica Dum. Pollen et Spores 4: 269 - 272.


1a. Leaves distinctly crenate-serrate; flowers 3 - 3.5 cm across; styles usually 4 1. Reinwardtia cicanoba
b. Leaves entire or minutely crenate-serrate; flowers ca 2.5 cm across; styles usually 3 2. Reinwardtia indica

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