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Published In: Tableau du Regne Vegetal 3: 547. 1799. (Tabl. Regn. Veg.) Name publication detail

Project Name Data (Last Modified On 6/2/2011)
Acceptance : Accepted
Project Data     (Last Modified On 6/3/2011)
Contributor Text: ABDUL GHAFOOR
General/Distribution: Species 7.8, distributed from India and Ceylon eastwards to Japan Polynesia. Represented in Pakistan by a single alien species.


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Dioecious, unarmed trees or large shrubs with milky latex. Leaves alternate or sometimes opposite, simple, entire or toothed, undivided or palmately 3(.5)-lobed, 3(-5) costate from the base; stipules lateral, membranous, caducous. Male inflorescence catkin-like, cylindrical spike. Male flowers: shortly pedicellate to sessile; sepals 4, united in the lower half, lobes valvate; saunas 4, inflexed in bud, explosive, pistillode minute. Female inflorescence axillary, pedunculate globose pseudo-heads. Female flowers: sepals united, 4-toothed; staminodes absent; ovary short, unilocular with pendulous ovule, enveloped by ovoid or cylindric calyx tube, styles filiform, unbranched, stigmatic nearly to the base. Fruit an orange-red, globose aggregate of thinly pulpy drupes partly invested by ± pulpy yellow to red calyces and bracts. Seeds ovoid-compressed, endospermous.
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