Botanical descriptions Habitat and ecology Distribution
|Diagnostic characters :||Evergreen trees, bole often fluted. Young twigs minute red-brown hairs. Exudate watery, pinkish-red. Leaves with scattered stellate hairs below, base with extra-floral nectaries on lamina below near petiole insertion. Flowers unisexual on different trees. Fruit a lobed capsule covered with red powdery glands. Seeds ovoid black with small red aril.|
|Habit :||Evergreen tree up to 12 m tall.|
|Trunk & bark :||Bole straight, often fluted, bark pale grey, smooth when young.|
|Branches and branchlets or twigs :||Twigs terete, glabrous or covered with minute red-brown hairs.|
|Exudates :||Exudate not found but could be watery, pinkish-red.|
|Leaves :||Leaves simple, alternate and spiral, with minute red glandular hairs below, elliptic to narrowly ovate, apex acuminate, base acute with 2 glands, margin entire. |
3 primary prominent basal veins present, midrib flat above, secondary veins oblique, widely parallel, tertiary veins horizontal.
Stipules present, small, falling off early.
|Inflorescences or flowers :||Flowers arranged in a many-flowered inflorescence, terminal, unisexual, on the same tree, pedicels up to 3 mm long.|
|Fruits :||Fruit up to 0.9 cm in diameter, capsule splitting into 3 sections, with powdery red glands.|
|Seeds :||Seeds 3, black covered by a small red aril.|
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