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Shrubs or small trees, usually glabrous or sometimes young twigs with short hairs. Leaves glabrous or minutely pimpled on both surfaces, thinly coriaceous. Flowers in axillary racemes, bisexual, 3 - 5-merous, usually three flowers per bract; rachis slender, glabrous; bracts densely imbricate, broad, scaly, pale green, with membranous, shortly ciliated margins, caducous before anthesis; lower most bracts smaller and persistent. Perianth united, deeply lobed. Stamens not exceeding the perianth; filaments flattened. Disc cupular with irregularly lobed margins. Ovary ovoid, conical; stigma on a short style, entire or indistinctly lobed. Drupes ellipsoid-ovoid or obovoid.

Chiefly Indo-Malayan: Nepal, Assam to W. Malesia; 6 species, in India.




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