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Genus Ehretia Family Boraginaceae

Description: Trees or shrubs, lacking tubercle-based hairs, mostly ± glabrous.

Leaves alternate, margins entire or toothed; distinctly petiolate.

Inflorescence terminal, a panicle or cyme. Flowers 5-merous. Corolla actinomorphic, tube campanulate or elongate, 5-lobed. Stamens 5, exserted or sometimes included in corolla tube. Ovary globose, usually 2-locular with 2 ovules per loculus; style terminal, bifid; stigmas small, capitate or elongate.

Fruit a drupe, yellow to reddish, breaking into 1- or 2-seeded pyrenes at maturity.


Distribution and occurrence: World: c. 50 species, tropical & warm-temp. regions, mostly Africa & Asia. Australia: 6 species (4 species endemic), Qld, N.S.W., N.T., W.A.

Sometimes placed in family Ehretiaceae.

Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept:

 Key to the species 
1Leaves with entire margins, mostly 1–2 cm wideEhretia membranifolia
Leaves with toothed margins, mostly 2.5–5.5 cm wideEhretia acuminata

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