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Published In: Wochenschrift für Gärtnerei und Pflanzenkunde 2(47): 371. 1859. (Nov. 1859) (Wochenschr. Gärtnerei Pflanzenk.) Name publication detail

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Acceptance : Accepted
Taxon Profile     (Last Modified On 1/6/2021)
Description: Hermaphroditic or andromonoecious, unarmed, densely stellate-pubescent, terrestrial, deciduous large shrubs to small trees. Stems branched or unbranched, pachycaulous. Leaves alternate, long-petiolate, the bases clasping and alate, stipulate with conspicuous, well-developed elongated stipules; blades simple, palmately 7–11 lobed, subcoriaceous to thick chartaceous, the margins coursely serrate or irregularly coarsely toothed. Inflorescences terminal, erect, paniculate, the ultimate units umbellules; bracts lanceolate to linear; pedicels medium in length, slender, unarticulated. Calyx nearly entire or obsolete; petals 4(–5), valvate, free; stamens 4(–5); carpels 2; ovary inferior, styles free, slender; the disc convex. Fruits drupes, nearly glabrous, globose, somewhat compressed laterally; endocarp crustaceous. Endosperm uniform. 2n = 48.
Distribution: Asia (Taiwan and C, S & SW China). The single species T. papyrifer is the source plant of rice-paper and is commonly cultivated as an ornamental.
Notes: Tetrapanax is a monotypic genus (1 species).

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