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Published In: Annales des Sciences Naturelles; Botanique, série 9 4: 116, 118. 1906. (Ann. Sci. Nat., Bot., sér. 9,) Name publication detailView in Biodiversity Heritage Library
 

Project Name Data (Last Modified On 6/25/2012)
Acceptance : Accepted
Taxon Profile     (Last Modified On 6/26/2012)
Description: Hermaphroditic, unarmed, pubescent (esp. in juvenile condition) to glabrous, terrestrial, deciduous trees. Stems well branched, pachycaulous, the buds protected by bud scales. Leaves alternate, petiolate, the bases slightly clasping and/or minutely alate, stipulate or exstipulate; blades simple and palmately lobed, ovate, membranaceous (to subcoriaceous), the margins sharply toothed. Inflorescences terminal, erect, paniculate, the ultimate units umbellules; bracts foliaceous below, reduced above; pedicels long and slender, unarticulated. Calyx lobes 5, short triangular; petals 5, imbricate, free, stamens 5; carpels 2 (but unilocular, with an incomplete septum); ovary inferior, styles 2, free; the disc conical. Fruit dry, glabrous, ellipsoid to obovoid, strongly compressed laterally with 4–5 ribs on each face, 1(–2) seeded, mesocarp thin (1–4 cells) and parenchymatous, endocarp sclerified (fibrous). Endosperm shallowly ruminate.
Distribution: Eastern South Africa, in forests and forest margins or open slopes. The relationship of this genus to other Araliaceae remains unclear, but both morphology/anatomy and molecular data point to an affinity with Cussonia (Burtt & Dickison 1975; Plunkett et al. 2004).

 
 
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