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Genus :

FLACOURTIA

Family :

FLACOURTIACEAE

Description


Shrubs or trees, often spiny. Leaves entire or serrate-crenate. Flowers small, unisexual, or rarely bisexual in short axillary cymes, sometimes solitary. Sepals 4-5, slightly connate at the base. Petals absent. Male flowers: stamens 15 to numerous. Female flowers: 4 – 5, ovary sessile, 2-8 celled, on a glandular disc, placentas 4-8, pluriovulate, styles as many as the locules, free or connate, persistent, stigmas small, inflated or shortly 2-lobed. Fruit a drupe, seeds 4-16. Seeds obovoid-ellipsoid, somewhat flattened.

Key to the species

Serial Key Reference
1a. Unarmed trees F. inermis
1b. Armed trees or shrubs 2
2a. Evergreen tree; leaves oblong or obong-lanceolate with acuminate apices, twice as long as broad; spines compound F. jangomas
2b. Leaves ovate, obovate, oblong or elliptic; spines simple. Thorns numerous spines on trunk sharply pointed F. indica