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Genus Arytera Family Sapindaceae

Description: Trees, monoecious; branchlets hairy.

Leaves alternate, paripinnate; leaflets opposite to alternate, margins entire, domatia usually present.

Inflorescences usually axillary, racemose or paniculate, cymes. Flowers unisexual. Calyx cupular, deeply 5-lobed. Petals 5, usually clawed; scales crestless. Disc complete. Stamens 6–8, filaments filiform, hairy. Ovary 2- or 3-locular, unlobed or 2- or 3-lobed; style short.

Fruit a capsule, either unlobed or 1–3-lobed, 2-valved, loculicidally [or irregularly] dehiscent; pericarp thin or fleshy; valves crustaceous when dried; aril thinly fleshy, usually enclosing seed.


Distribution and occurrence: World: 25 species, Philipp., Indon., New Caledonia, New Guinea, Australia. Australia: 10 species (8 species endemic), Qld., N.S.W., N.T.

Text by G.J. Harden
Taxon concept:

 Key to the species 
1Leaves mostly with 2 leaflets; leaflets opposite; capsules 1- or 2-lobedArytera distylis
Leaves with 4–8 leaflets; leaflets mostly alternate; capsules 1–3-lobedArytera divaricata

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