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Dioecious or monoecious, glabrous trees or shrubs, with milky latex. Leaves simple, alternate, crenate. Inflorescences composed of sessile, narrow, elongated spikes. Male flowers: sessile; sepals 5, imbricate; petals and disk 0; stamens 3; pistillode 0. Female flowers: shortly stalked; sepals 3-5, open in bud; petals and disk 0; ovary 3-locular with 1 ovule per loculus; styles 3. Fruit 3-lobed, splitting into 2-valved cocci.


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Source: Flora of Zimbabwe

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