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Straggling shrubs or small trees, often armed. Leaves simple, alternate. Flowers in axillary or terminal cymes or racemes, bisexual or polygamous. Calyx persistent, 4-5-toothed, non accrescent in fruit. Petals 4-5, valvate, revolute, bearded within. Stamens double the number of petals. Staminodes absent. Ovary sessile; ovule solitary in each locule, pendulous; style columnar. Drupes ovoid, ca 3 x 2.5 cm, 1-seeded, smooth.

Distributed in tropical America, tropical and South Africa, tropical Asia and Australia; about 15 species, 1 in India.




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