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(family Myrtaceae)

A genus of trees, closely similar to Syzygium, in which the leaves are opposite and have a distinct submarginal nerve and no stipules. The calyx cup has 4 or 5 sepals, 4 or 5 petals, and many stamens, and the ovary is inferior. The fruit is a berry. The timber is hard. Some produce an edible fruit. There are about 1000 species, with a pantropical distribution, but occurring mainly in America.

Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry.

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