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(family Euphorbiaceae)

A genus of small, dioecious trees in which the flowers are borne in clustered spikes or racemes, some cauliflorous. The fruit has a firm, fleshy pericarp which sometimes splits, and 1–6 large seeds, each with a juicy, sour jacket. Several species are edible, and some are cultivated. There are 80 species, occurring in lowland rain forest from Malesia to the Pacific islands.

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