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Published In: Die Natürlichen Pflanzenfamilien 4(1): 153. 1891. (Dec 1891) (Nat. Pflanzenfam.) Name publication detailView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

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Acceptance : Accepted
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Contributor Text: SHAHINA A. GHAZANFAR
Contributor Institution: National Herbarium, Agricultural Research Council, Islamabad. (Now at Newnham College, Cambridge.)
General/Distribution: A tropical family of c. 6 genera and 500 species in the tropics and sub-tropics of the Eastern Hemisphere and N. America. Represented in Pakistan by a single genus.
Comment/Acknowledgements: Acknowledgements: We are grateful to the United States Department of Agriculture for financing this research under PL-480. Thanks are also due to Mr. I.C. Hedge of the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh for his helpful suggestions.


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Trees or shrubs, mostly dioecious, seldom hermaphrodite. Leaves simple, usually alternate, exstipulate. Flowers axillary, 3-7-merous, bracteate, solitary or in few flowered cymes; unisexual or rarely bisexual. Calyx persistent, accrescent in fruit. Corolla lobed, deciduous. Male flowers with epipetalous stamens, 2-4-times the corolla lobes; filaments free or united at the base. Female flowers with staminodes, 8 or none. Ovary 4-12-locular, superior; styles free or basally united. Fruit a berry.

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