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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 3/14/2013)

Flora Data (Last Modified On 3/14/2013)
Contributor ANDRE ROBYNS
Description Shrubs or small trees, with reddish-orange sap. Leaves alternate, long-petio- late, stipulate, the blade simple, palminerved. Inflorescences terminal, paniculate. Flowers X, actinomorphic; pedicel bearing 5 conspicuous glands below the calyx; sepals 5, distinct, imbricate, fugacious; petals 5, distinct, imbricate, white or pink, fugacious; stamens oc, distinct, inserted on a thick receptacle, the anthers 2-thecate, hippocrepiform, apically dehiscent by 2 narrow slits; pollen 3-colporate, the sexine reticulate or striate-reticulate; gynoecium with 2 syncarpous carpels, the ovary superior, 1-locular, with 2 parietal placentae, the ovules cc, anatropous, the style simple, the stigma shortly 2-lobulate. Fruits capsular, loculicidally 2-valvate, the pericarp densely covered with flexible spines to nearly unarmed; seeds numerous, with fleshy, reddish testa, the endosperm copious, the embryo straight.
Habit Shrubs trees
Distribution A monogeneric family native to tropical America.
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