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Melanolepis Reichb. f. et Zoll.


Description from Flora of China

Trees, usually dioecious; indumentum with stellate hairs. Leaves alternate; stipules small; leaf blade shallowly 3(-5)-lobed; veins palmate. Inflorescences terminal or axillary, branched or unbranched, unisexual; flowers solitary or in small fascicles. Male flowers: calyx 3-5-partite, valvate; petals absent; disk absent; stamens very many; filaments free; anthers 2-locular, connective with appendage; receptacle convex, pilose; pistillode absent. Female flowers: calyx 5-lobed; petals absent; disk annular; ovary 2(or 3)-locular; style short, papillose. Capsule 2(or 3)-locular, thin walled. Seeds subglobose, arillate.

Two species: tropical Asia extending to Pacific islands; one species in China.

(Authors: Qiu Huaxing (丘华兴 Chiu Hua-hsing, Kiu Hua-shing, Kiu Hua-xing); Michael G. Gilbert)


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