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Record: oai:ARNO:503194

AuthorA.L. Stoffers
JournalFlora of the Netherlands Antilles
AbstractTrees or shrubs. Leaves alternate, deciduous or persistent, simple, entire. Stipules wanting. Inflorescence terminal, axillary or opposite the leaves. Flowers hermaphrodite or rarely unisexual, actinomorphic, generally 3-merous. Sepals 3, free or united at the base, valvate or imbricate. Petals generally 6, in 2 series, valvate or imbricate, free or rarely united at the base, the inner ones often smaller, sometimes rudimentary or even wanting. Stamens usually numerous, spirally arranged, distinct but usually tightly packed; filaments short, thickened; anthers 4-celled, extrorse, sometimes locellate; connective broad and usually expanded in a more or less hoodlike disc above the anther. Gynoecium of few or numerous, separate or, in our species, cohering pistils; ovary superior, 1-celled, 1-carpelled; styles as many as the carpels and then short or stigmas sessile. Ovules 1-many, anatropous, parietal, sometimes seeming basal. Fruit a berry or follicle or, as in our genus, mature ovaries becoming connate and adnate to the floral axis, to form a single, fleshy, aggregate fruit. Seeds large, with or without an aril. Endosperm copious, wrinkled. Embryo minute. About 850 species in about 80 genera in the tropics.
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