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Genus Drypetes Family Putranjivaceae

Description: Trees or shrubs, dioecious.

Leaves alternate, leathery.

Flowers axillary, solitary or in clusters, sometimes males forming short racemes. Perianth segments 4 or 5, inner ones petaloid. Male flowers with few to many stamens; filaments free. Female flowers with 1-locular ovary; style 1.

Fruit a drupe; seed grooved on one side.


Distribution and occurrence: World: c. 200 species, mainly Africa to eastern Asia. Australia: 4 species (3 endemic), Qld, N.S.W., N.T., W.A.

Previously included in the family Euphorbiaceae.

Text by T.A. James & G.J. Harden, Flora of New South Wales Vol. 1: 394 (1990), in family Euphorbiaceae; last revised May 2017
Taxon concept: Australian Plant Census (accessed May 2017)

One species in NSW: Drypetes deplanchei

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