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A family of mainly tropical trees in which the leaves are simple, without stipules. The flowers are usually unisexual. They have fused sepals and petals and epipetalous stamens. The ovary is usually superior. The fruit is a berry. There are 2 genera, with 485 species, centred on the Indo-Malaysian rain forests, in which there are 200 species.

Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry.

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