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Published In: Enumeratio Systematica Plantarum, quas in insulis Caribaeis 9, 31. 1760. (Aug-Sept 1760) (Enum. Syst. Pl.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

Project Name Data (Last Modified On 6/2/2011)
Acceptance : Accepted
Project Data     (Last Modified On 6/3/2011)
Type: A genus of about 100 species, distributed in tropical and subtropical regions.


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Monoecious or dioecious, somewhat pubescent shrubs or small trees. Leaves 3-costate, alternate or opposite, serrate, rarely bibbed; stipules free lateral, deciduous. Inflorescence of spicate or paniculate, globose unisexual clusters of flowers. Flowers bracteate. Calyx of male flowers, (3-)4(-5)-lobed, lobes valvate; tubular-ventricose, with 2-4 teeth at narrow mouth in female flowers. Stamens (3-)4(-5). Ovary sessile or stipitate, free from calyx; style terminal, filiform, laterally pilose and stigmatic, persistent; pistillode clavate or subglobose in male flowers. Achene with brittle pericarp, enveloped by dry membranous female calyx. Seed endospermous.
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