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Natsiatum Buch.-Ham.

Climbing shrubs. Leaves alternate, petiolate, dentate, palmately nerved. Inflorescence in axillary or supra axillary spikes or spike-like racemes. Flowers sessile or on short pedicels, unisexual. Calyx deeply 5-lobed, persistent. Petals 5, free or united only at the base. Male flowers: Stamens 5, alternating with the petals; filaments short, anthers sagittate, apiculate, dehiscing by longitudnial slits. Rudimentary ovary present. Female flowers : Staminodes present. Ovary hairy; style short, 2 - 3-lobed at apex; stigmas capitate. Drupes ovoid, laterally compressed; exocarp fleshy, black on maturity; endocarp crustaceous. Seed 1; albumen fleshy; cotyledons foliaceous.

A monotypic genus, distributed in India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand and Indo-China.

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