Botanical Survey of India | Flora of India

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Shrubs or small trees, monoecious; branches glabrous or finely stellate tomentose. Leaves pseudo-verticillate, crowded at the ends of branches, penninerved; petioles short; stipules deciduous. Inflorescences terminal and axillary, interrupted glabrous spikes, bisexual, often branched, with 1 or 2 female flowers at basal nodes and fascicled male flowers at irregular intervals at distal nodes; bracteoles minute, pubescent. Male flowers: sepals 4 - 6, valvate; petals absent; disc consisting of a few hairs; stamens 4 - 6, filaments inflexed in bud, inserted at the base of the pistillode, free, exserted; anthers versatile, 2-loculed; thecae adnate to a thick connective; pistillode columnar. Female flowers: sepals 5 - 8, imbricate, unequal, entire; petals and disc absent; ovary 3-loculed, each locule 1-ovuled; styles 3, united below into a column, distally bifid with spreading pubescent fimbriate-papillose arms. Fruits capsular with 3 bivalved cocci; seeds estrophiolate, subglobose; testa crustaceous; endosperm fleshy; cotyledons broad and flat.

India, Hainan in China and Malaya, 3 species; one in India.




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