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Climbing, scandent or erect shrubs. Leaves decussate. Flowers in axillary dichotomous cymes or panicles, sometimes crowded on short shoots. Calyx lobes 5, small, imbricate. Petals 5, imbricate. Disc inconspicuous, mostly fused with the ovary, the uppermost part slightly extended outwards. Stamens 3, inserted at the base of the pistil. Ovary 3-loculed; styles short; stigma obscure; ovules usually 2 in each locule. Fruit capsular, consisting of 3 divergent separate follicles. Seeds with a basal more or less transparent membranous wing.

In the old world tropics of Central and West Africa and Indo-Malaya; 7 species, 3 in India.


1a. Flowers in panicles or thyrsiform; petals 2.5-3 mm long; capsules usually 6-seeded 2. Reissantia grahamii
b. Flowers in simple or compound cymes; petals 1 mm long; capsules 2-seeded 2
2a. Leaves ovate to ovate-oblong, membranous 1. Reissantia arborea
b. Leaves ovate to elliptic-oblong, chartaceous 3. Reissantia indica

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