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(family Malvaceae)

A genus of trees and shrubs, native to tropical and warm temperate climates, whose members have hairy leaves and branches, and bright, lantern-like flowers, mainly orange or red. The fruit is a schizocarp and the stigmas (see carpel) are usually apical. There are more than 100 species. The genus includes A. theophrasti (China jute).

Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry.

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