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5. Nypa Steck, Sagu. 15. 1757.

水椰属 shui ye shu

Nipa Thunberg.

Stems creeping, seldom visible above mud in which they grow, rooting from abaxial surface, branching dichotomously, forming large colonies. Leaves 3-15, pinnate, stiff and erect; leaf sheaths open and relatively short; petioles elongate and stout; pinnae many, regularly arranged and spreading in same plane, with conspicuous, brown ramenta on abaxial surface along midveins. Inflorescences branched to 5 or 6 orders, borne on a stout stalk arising from center of leaves; flowers borne in dense heads; male flowers densely arranged along short rachillae, closely covered with light brown bracts; female flowers borne in dense, central heads. Fruits densely arranged in head-shaped clusters of many fruits, large, irregularly globose, flattened and angled, usually 1-seeded; endosperm homogeneous; eophylls bifid.

One species: from Sri Lanka through SE Asia to Japan (Ryukyu Islands), the Pacific islands (Solomon Islands), and just reaching Australia.

Lower Taxon


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