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Published In: Prodromus Systematis Naturalis Regni Vegetabilis 2: 22. 1825. (mid Nov 1825) (Prodr.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

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General/Distribution: A small genus of about 10 species scattered throughout the tropics of Asia, Africa and America; represented in Pakistan by 3 species.


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Erect or scandent, glabrous shrub, with or without spines. Leaves alternate, entire with almost parallel nerves, petiolate to subsessile, stipules subulate. Flowers in fascicles, axillary spikes or panicles, hermaphrodite or polygamous. Calyx 5-6 fid., hypanthium hemispherical or turbinate. Petals 5-6 obovate, sometimes hooded. Disc thick, lining the calyx tube. Stamens exerted. Ovary surrounded by disc, but free, 2-celled ovoid, narrowed upward; style bifid; stigma 2 lobed. Drupe cylindric or ovoid, hard. Pyrenes woody, 2-celled.

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1 Leaves 0.5-2 cm long, rounded or obtuse, petiole 2-5 mm long. Flowers in axillary fascicles (2)
+ Leaves 5-12 cm long, acuminate, petiole 1-2 cm long. Flowers in axillary panicles 1 Berchemia floribunda
2 (1) Leaves with 6-8 pairs of lateral nerves, stipules up to 5 mm long, ovate-lanceolate. Fruit ovoid c. 6 x 4.5 mm 3 Berchemia edgeworthii
+ Leaves with 3-5 pairs of lateral nerves, stipules not more than 2 mm long, linear. Fruit oblong, c. 8 x 2.5 mm 2 Berchemia pakistanica
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