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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 2/7/2013)

Flora Data (Last Modified On 2/7/2013)
Genus MYRISTICA Boehm.
PlaceOfPublication Ludw. Def. 3: 513. 1760
Synonym Comacum Adans. Fam. 2: 345. 1763, nom. rejic.
Description Aromatic, glabrous, dioecious trees, the bases occasionally buttressed. Leaves alternate, subdistichous, glabrous, subcoriaceous, petiolate, exstipulate, the tertiary veins obscure. Flowers rather large for the family, the bracteate pedicels glabrous. Staminate flowers 1-20 in dichotomously branching cymes; tepals partially connate, usually 3, the anthers 12-30, usually longer than the column. Pistillate flowers commonly solitary, the tepals partly connate, the 1-carpellate ovary with a subsessile 2-lobed stigma. Fruits fleshy, the thick I! pericarp dehiscing longitudinally into 2 valves; aril usually brightly colored and laciniate; seed ellipoid to globose.
Habit trees
Distribution Of this austral Asian genus of around 75 species, only the commonly cultivated nutmeg, a native of the Moluccas, is found in Panama.
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