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15. Serissa *Comm. ex Juss., Gen. Pl. 209. 1789. Benth. & Hook. f., Gen. P1. 2: 138. 1873; DC., Prodr. 4: 575. 1830; Bailey, St. Cycl. Hort. 3: 3156. 1950; Bor & Raizada, Beaut. Ind. Climb. Shr. & Tr. 82. 1954; Beg & Khan in Pak. J. For. 26 (1): 61. 1976.


  • Democritea DC.
  • Dysoda Lour.

    Shrub, branches glabrous or pubendous, foetid when bruised or crushed. Leaves opposite, subsessile, somewhat coriaceous, foetid, ovate, acute-acuminate. Stipules cuspidate, 3-many, setose, interpetiolar, persistent. Inflorescence of axillary, terminal, solitary or fasciculate cymes. Flowers sessile, white. Calyx tube obconical, lobes 4-6, subulate-lanceolate, acute-acuminate. Corolla tube funnel-shaped, often hairy outside, throat pilose, lobes 4-6, valvate in bud, erect or spreading, obtuse, cribbed. Stamens 4-6; filaments filiform, slightly adnate to the tube; anthers dorsifixed, included or slightly exserted. Ovary 2-locular; style bifid, branches filiform, subulate, shortly hairy. erect or recurved, exserted; ovules solitary, anatropous, placentation basal. Fruit a fleshy berry, subglobose; coccii 2, containing one seed in each coccus.

    A small genus of 1-3 species, distributed in Eastern Asia. One cultivated species is found in Pakistan.

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