Botanical descriptions Habitat and ecology Distribution
|Diagnostic characters :||Evergreen trees with flaky bark. Leaves simple, opposite, glabrous, with black gland dots below. Stipules present, sheathing and leaving an annular scar. Flowers creamish-green, often covered with resin. Fruits berry-like, seeds covered with an orange aril.|
|Habit :||Evergreen tree up to 20 m tall.|
|Trunk & bark :||Bole straight. Bark smooth, greyish-brown, with branchlets or leaves scars.|
|Branches and branchlets or twigs :||Twigs terete, glabrous.|
|Exudates :||Exudate absent.|
|Leaves :||Leaves simple, opposite, glabrous, obovate, apex abruptly acuminate, base acute, margin entire, many tiny gland dots below.|
Midrib canaliculate above, secondary veins obtuse widely parallel, tertiary veins absent.
Stipules large, cigar-like twisted, often covered by resin.
|Inflorescences or flowers :||Flowers arranged in a many-flowered inflorescence, axillary, bisexual, pedicels up to 3 mm long.|
|Fruits :||Fruit berry-like, up to 1 cm in diameter, not splitting.|
|Seeds :||Seed(s) 1 or 2, covered by an orange aril.|
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