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Published In: Species Plantarum 1: 196. 1753. (1 May 1753) (Sp. Pl.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

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Acceptance : Accepted
Project Data     (Last Modified On 6/3/2011)
Comment/Acknowledgements: A tropical and a subtropical genus of about 30 species, mostly in N. America, Asia, Madagascar and Australia. One species has been reported from Pakistan.


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Climbing shrubs, deciduous, dioecious or polygamo-dioecious. Leaves alternate, thin or subcoriaceous; stipules minute, deciduous, sometimes absent, deeply serrate. Flowers small, whitish-green, in terminal or axillary racemes or paniculate cymes, 4-5-merous. Male flowers: stamens 4-5, about as long as the petals, inserted on the edge of the disc with a vistigial pistil. Female flowers: staminodes 4-5, ovary 2-4-lobed, 2-4-celled; ovules 1-2 in each cell. Capsule 3-celled, dehiscing by 3 valves; seeds 1-2 in each cell, each enclosed in a fleshy red aril.
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