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Trees, dioecious. Leaves simple, alternate or subopposite, entire, petiolate. Inflorescence an axillary or extra-axillary raceme. Flowers unisexual, rarely male and bisexual, bracteate, 4-merous. Calyx 4-lobed, persistant. Petals 4, free, twisted. Stamens 4 - 5. Disc 4 - 5-lobed, fleshy. Carpels 3, syncarpous; ovary superior, 1-loculed, 1-ovuled; style terminal; stigma indistinctly 3-lobed. Fruit a Drupes with persistent sepals and style.

India and Sri Lanka; ca 10 species, 7 in India.

Literature. ELLIS, J.L. & V. CHANDRASEKHARAN, (1970) A new variety of Nothopegia beddomei Gamble (Anacardiaceae) from Kerala, South India. Bull. Bot. Surv. India 12: 257 - 258.



KEY TO THE SPECIES


1a. Branchlets and petioles rusty villous; lamina with 25 - 30 pairs of nerves 2
b. Branchlets and petioles quite glabrous; lamina with 12 - 13 pairs of nerves 3
2a. Leaves alternate, apex abruptly acuminate; petals densely villous inside 6. Nothopegia travancorica
b. Leaves subopposite, apex caudate-acuminate; petals glabrous on both sides 1. Nothopegia aureofulva
3a. Leaf apex acuminate 4
b. Leaf apex acute or obtuse 6
4a. Leaves usually lanceolate, thinly coriaceous; petals ovate 2. Nothopegia beddomei
b. Leaves usually obovate, thickly coriaceous; petals oblong 5
5a. Flowers ca 3 mm in diam.; sepals pubescent above 5. Nothopegia racemosa
b. Flowers ca 7 mm in diam.; sepals glabrous 7. Nothopegia vajravelui
6a. Leaves obovate-oblong, margin thin, not revolute on ventral side; petioles stout; petals and stamens glabrous; Drupes ovoid, pericarp thick 3. Nothopegia colebrookiana
b. Leaves variable from linear to linear-lanceolate or elliptic to elliptic-oblong, margin thick, revolute on ventral side; petioles slender; petals and stamens pubescent; Drupes compressed polewise, pericarp thin 4. Nothopegia heyneana


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