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Girardinia Gaudich. in Freyc., Voy. Bot. 498. 1826. Benth. & Hook. f.,Gen. Pl. 3:384. 1880; Hook.f., Fl.Brit. Ind. 5:550. 1885; Hutch., Gen.Fl.Pl. 2:183.1967.

Monoecious or dioecious herbs or subshrubs, with prickles or stinging hairs. Leaves 3-costate, petiolate, alternate serrate or lobed; stipules interpetiolar, leafy. In-florescence of racemosely or paniculately arranged spicate clusters of flowers. Flowers unisexual, male pedicellate; female sessile. Calyx 4-5-lobed in male, tubular; 2-3-toothed in female flowers, with broad posterior and hair-like anterior portion. Stamens 4-5: staminodes absent. Ovary upright, stigma subulate, acute, minutely papillate; pistillode globose or cup-like in male flowers. Achene much flattened, basally enclosed by persistent, enlarged calyx.

A small genus of about 8-10 species; distributed in tropical Africa, Madagascar, south and south-east Asia.

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