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Erismanthus Wall. ex Muell.


Description from Flora of China

Trees or shrubs, monoecious; indumentum of simple hairs. Leaves alternate, distichous; stipules present; petiole almost absent; leaf blade simple, base oblique, margin entire or obscurely dentate, pinnately veined. Plants monoecious. Male inflorescences axillary, racemose or spicate, bisexual, bracts dense; female inflorescences solitary, axillary or inserted in base of male inflorescences. Male flowers sessile or pedicellate; pedicels delicate, elongate; sepals 4 or 5, imbricate or nearly valvate; petals 4 or 5, shorter than sepals; disk absent; stamens 12-15; filaments short, free; anthers bilocular, muticous, introrse, longitudinally dehiscent; pistillode elongate, clavate, or linear. Female flowers: sepals 5-6, unequal, imbricate, slightly accrescent; petals absent or present; ovary 3-locular; ovules 1 per locule; styles free or connate, entire or bifid, lobes linear, densely papillose. Fruit a capsule, 3-locular. Seeds not carunculate, subglobose; testa dry, smooth, with spot-stripes.

Two species: Cambodia, S China, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam; one species in China.

(Authors: Li Bingtao (李秉滔 Li Ping-tao); Michael G. Gilbert)


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