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Genus :

Nypa

Family :

ARECACEAE

Species of this Genus

Description


Dwarf, gregarious palms of tidal swamps, stems creeping, forming large colonies. Leaves 3-15, pinnate, segments lanceolate, leaf-sheaths open, petioles stout, pinnae in same plane. Inflorescence a spadix, infrafoliar, branched to 5 or 6 orders, male flowers on  catkin-like branches, female flowers in a globose, terminal head, spathes  numerous. Male flowers mixed with bristle-like bracteoles. Female flowers larger than males, perianth 6, similar, staminodes absent, carpels 3, ovules 3. Fruits densely arranged in large, head-shaped clusters of  many fruits, usually 1-seeded. Seeds grooved, embryo basilar.