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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 3/13/2013)

Flora Data (Last Modified On 3/13/2013)
Description Suffrutescent perennial herbs, shrubs, or rarely small trees, the branchlets angular, the lower ones opposite or ternate, the upper ones opposite. Leaves opposite, rarely whorled, sessile, simple, entire, (1-)3-5-nerved from base, estipu- late. Inflorescences terminal on axillary branchlets, racemose, or sometimes flowers axillary and solitary. Flowers 0 or subpolygamous, actinomorphic, very small, the perianth biseriate; sepals 5, imbricate, persistent; petals 5, hypogynous, shorter than the sepals, fleshy, carinate within, thickened after anthesis and intruded be- tween the cocci to produce a pseudodrupe; stamens 10, hypogynous, distinct, or the 5 opposite the petals adnate to the keel of the petals, the filaments short and filiform; anthers rather large, exserted, oblong, 2-celled, longitudinally dehiscent; gynoecium of 5-10 distinct carpels, these adnate in a whorl around the fleshy conic torus, 1-celled, the ovules solitary, pendulous from the apex of the cell, anatropous; styles as many as the carpels, free, elongated, usually divergent, stigmatose all around. Fruits of 5-10 cocci included in the accrescent petals, compressed, oblong; seeds compressed; endosperm scanty; embryo straight.
Habit herbs shrubs
Habit trees
Distribution One genus with eight species, only one in the New World tropics.
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