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Genus :

XEROSPERMUM

Family :

SAPINDACEAE

Description


Shrubs or trees. Leaves paripinnate, unifoliate to 1-3 jugate; petiole base slightly swollen; leaflets opposite. Inflorescence axillary panicles. Flowers 4 or 5-merous, unisexual. Sepals free or slightly connate, equal. Petals equal or shorter than sepals, woolly ciliate. Stamens (7-) 8 (-9), exserted, filaments woolly, anthers dorsifixed. Pistil 2-3 locular, ovary deeply lobed, warty, styles short, ovule 1 per locule. Fruits with 1 or 2 lobes developed, lobes ellipsoid to subglobular, drupaceous, wall spiny or warty. Seeds ellipsoid, completely covered with sarcotesta.

Key to the species

Serial Key Reference
1a. Flowers 5-merous; pedicels in fruit not much swollen X. laevigatum
1b. Flowers 4-merous; pedicels in fruit distinctly swollen X. noronhianum