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Scyphostegiaceae


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A monotypic family (Scyphostegia borneensis), which is a small, dioecious tree in which the leaves are alternate, with inconspicuous stipules. The flowers are borne in spikes, and are unisexual, with 6 tepals, the stamens forming a column and the carpels tiny, within an urceolate structure. The fruit is a fleshy capsule. It is a curious family, perhaps related to the Flacourtiaceae, and is endemic (see endemism) to Borneo.

Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry.


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