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Trees, plants polygamous, wholly or partly deciduous. Leaves alternate, imparipinnate, petiolate; leaflets entire, serrate to crenulate, with intramarginal veins. Panicles terminal and axillary. Flowers bisexual or unisexual. Calyx 5 or 4-lobed, caducous, imbricate. Petals 5 or free, valvate. Stamens 10 or 8. Disc cupular, broadly lobed. Carpels 5 or 4, syncarpous; ovary superior, 5 or 4 or 1-loculed, 1-ovule in each locule; styles 5 - 4, free. Drupes 5 or 1-loculed. Seed with testa free from the endocarp.

Mainly in Tropical America and South-East Asia; 10 - 12 species, 1 in India.

Literature. AIRY SHAW, H.K. & L.C. FORMAN (1967) The genus Spondias L. (Anacardiaceae) in tropical Asia. Kew Bull. 21: 1-19.

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