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Cerbera Linn.


Description from Flora of China

Trees with latex. Branches stout. Leaves alternate, lateral veins 20-30 pairs, diverging almost at right angles to midvein. Cymes terminal, long pedunculate. Calyx deeply divided, without glands inside. Corolla white, funnelform, throat slightly dilated, ribbed, or with 5 pubescent scales; lobes broad, overlapping to left. Stamens inserted at corolla throat; anthers narrowly oblong, apiculate, free from pistil head, lobes rounded at base; disc absent. Ovaries 2, free, ovules 4 in each locule. Style filiform, dilated distally; pistil head shortly 2-cleft. Drupes 1 or 2, large, ellipsoid or globose, 1- or 2-loculed, with a thick, woody-fibrous endocarp. Seeds 1 or 2 per locule, wingless, not comose, without endosperm; cotyledons thin, radicle very short.

Three species: Africa, tropical Asia, Australia, Pacific Islands; one species in China.

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