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Trees, shrubs or lianas, monoecious or dioecious. Leaves apparently distichous, usually thickened along margins by a nerve; stipules deciduous. Inflorescence axillary or seemingly terminal on leafless shoots or epiphyllous umbels or reduced to 1 or 2 flowers. Flowers 5-merous, bi-or unisexual, hypogynous or slightly epigynous. Sepals slightly united at base, ovate, pubescent on both sides. Petals free, clawed, bipartite or bifid, white. Stamens 5, free or slightly adnate to petals; anthers as long as wide. Disk of 5 glands, intrastaminal. Pistil 2-or 3-carpellary; ovary 2-or 3-locular; styles free or connate at base; stigmas apical. Fruit a drupe or dehiscent exposing orange to scarlet thin mesocarp, lobed or not, usually tomentose or glabrescent, orange-brown, greyish or yellowish, with or without sutures; endocarp crustaceous; stones 1 - 3, slightly united, 1-seeded; cotyledons planoconvex.

Africa, Asia, northern Australia to Malesia; ca 200 species, 3 in India.

Literature. LEENHOUTS, P.W. (1956) Florae Malesianae prae-eursores 12 (Dichapetalaceae). Some notes on the genus Diehapetalum (Diehapetalaeeae) in Asia, Australia and Melanesia. Reinward-tia 4: 75-87.


1a. Inflorescence usually 5 - 7 cm long; drupes unlobed, without sutures 3. Dichapetalum timoriense
b. Infloreszence 0.75 - 4 cm long; drupes lobed, with distinct slttures 2
2a. Inflorescence usually 0.75 - 1 cm long; drupes 1(-2)-lobed; lobes reniform 1. Dichapetalum gelonioides
b. Inflorescence 1 - 4 cm long; drupes (2-)3-lobed; lobes obovate 2. Dichapetalum platyphyllum

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