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3. Cadaba Forssk., Fl. Aegypt-Arab. 67. 1775. Benth. & Hook.f., Gen. Pl. 108.1862; Boiss., Fl. Or. 1:417.1867; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. Ind. 1:172.1872; Pax & Hoffm. in Engl. & Prantl, Natur. Pflanzenfam. ed. 2.17 b:185.1936; Jafri in Pak. J. For. 8(2) : 204.1958; Jacobs, l.c.93; Elffers et al, 1.c.72.; Hedge & Lamond, 1.c. 9; Hutchinson, Gen. Fl. Pl. 2:315. 1968.

S.M.H. Jafri

Shrubs or small trees, usually unarmed but branches sometimes ending sharply. Leaves petiolate, simple (sometimes 3-foliolate), hairs ashy; stipules minute and inconspicuous. Flowers usually in terminal racemes, or axillary solitary to fascicled, pedicelled. Sepals 4 in 2 series, free, the inner pair usually enclosed by the outer pair. Petals 4-0, clawed. Disk-appendix about as Iong as the petal claw, tubular, often trumpet shaped, apex generally petaloid and more or less toothed. Stamens 4-6 (-8), exserted, spreading; filaments on a short androphore or irregularly fused with the gynophore. Gynophore usually long; ovary 1 (-2)-locular with many ovules on 2(-4) parietal placentas. Fruit subcylindrical, slightly torulose, coriaceous, tardily dehiscent or indehiscent; internal tissues sorrounding the seeds often orange coloured; seeds subglobose.

About 30 spp., mostly in Africa and a few in Arabia and eastwards to Malesia and northern Australia. Of these, only 2 species are recorded from W. Pakistan.

1 Leaves more or less orbicular; hoary with stellate scales   Cadaba heterotricha
+ Leaves usually oblong or elliptic-oblong (rarely ovate) ; hoary with simple scales   Cadaba farinosa

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