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Trees, shrubs or climbers. Leaves alternate, simple or imparipinnately compound, exstipulate. Inflorescence terminal or axillary, pedunculate cymes or panicles, rarely a simple raceme. Flowers bisexual, rarely unisexual, small. Sepals 4 - 5 partite, imbricate, persistent. Petals 4 - 5, mostly free, equal or unequal, antisepalous, imbricate. Stamens as many as petals, equal or unequal, all or only 2 larger, fertile, the rest staminodial; anthers 2-loculed with a thick connective; pollen grains binucleate tricolporate. Disc annular or cupular, dented or lobed. Carpels 2 - 3, syncarpus; ovary superior, 2 - 3-loculed, each locule with 2, semianatropus ovules on axile placentation; styles 2 - 3, free or united; stigma Simple or 2 - 3-lobed. Fruits drupaceous, subglobose, 1 - 2-loculed, 1-seeded. Seeds with or without endosperm; embryo large, oily.

South East Asia, China Japan and Mexico to Brazil, 4; genera and ca 46 species; 2 genera and 11 species in India.

Literature. MONDAL, M. S. & K. MITRA, (1982). Pollen Morphology and Systematic Relationship of Sabiaceae. Geophytology 12 (2): 166 - 180; NAYAR, M.P. & S.C. MAJUMDER (1990). Sabiaceae. Fasc. Fl. Ind. 20: 115 - 134.


1a. Scandent shrubs or climbers; sepals and petals equal; stamens 4 - 5, equal, all fertile 2. Sabia
b. Small to large trees; sepals and petals unequal; stamens 5, unequal, outer 3 staminodial, inner 2 fertile 1. Meliosma

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