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Published In: Species Plantarum 2: 1059. 1753. (1 May 1753) (Sp. Pl.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

Project Name Data (Last Modified On 9/26/2011)
Acceptance : Accepted
Project data     (Last Modified On 8/26/2015)
Area distribution:

About 750 species mainly in tropical regions, a few extratropical.



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Trees or shrubs with unisexual flowers (plants monoecious, rarely dioecious). Leaves deciduous or persistent, alternate, rarely opposite; stipules enclosing buds, caducous. Inflorescence a fig (syconium), i.e., a globular or pyriform hollow fleshy receptacle bearing the flowers on the inner surface; apex of fig with a narrow open mouth furnished with scales. Flowers subtended by bracts; the staminate ones with 3-5 tepals and (2-) 3-6 stamens; the pistillate with a 5-fid perianth, a 1-celled ovary and a lateral style with (1-)2 stigmas. Fruiting fig consisting of the fleshy receptacle and minute, crustaceous, 1-seeded achenes. Seeds with membranous coat and incurved embryo.



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