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Dioecious trees or shrubs, without milky latex. Stipules present. Leaves alternate, simple, entire with domatia. Inflorescence (in ours) spicate, densely-flowered. Male flowers: calyx 3-5-lobed; lobes imbricate; petals 0; stamens 3-5; pistillode small or 0. Female flowers: calyx as male; petals 0; disk annular or cup-shaped; ovary 1(-2)-locular with 2 ovules per loculus; styles (2-)3(-5). Fruit drupaceous, indehiscent, 1-locular, laterally flattened, often oblique, usually red or black; endocarp pitted. Seeds 1(-2), ecarunculate


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© Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten and Petra Ballings

Source: Flora of Zimbabwe

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