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Microdesmis Hook. f.

小盘木属

Description from Flora of China

Shrubs or treelets, dioecious. Stipules small. Leaves alternate, shortly petiolate, simple, penninerved. Flowers unisexual, usually in axillary fascicles, female ones sometimes solitary; pedicel short. Male flowers: sepals 5, imbricate; petals 5, longer than sepals; disk absent; stamens [5 or]10 and 2-seriate, inserted on fleshy receptacle, outer ones alternating with petals, inner ones sometimes absent or reduced and scalelike; filaments free; anthers longitudinally dehiscent, 2-loculed; pistillode present. Female flowers: sepals and petals like those of male flowers but slightly larger; ovary fleshy, 2(or 3)[-5]-loculed; ovule 1 in each locule, anatropous; styles short, 2-parted, usually divergent. Drupe usually globose; exocarp scabrous; endocarp bony. Seeds with fleshy endosperm; testa shiny; cotyledons broad and flattened.

About 11 species: nine in tropical Africa, two in Asia; one species in China.


 

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