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Genus Hippocratea Family Celastraceae

Description: Woody vines or climbing shrubs, mostly glabrous.

Leaves opposite and decussate; stipules present.

Inflorescence axillary, mostly cymose. Calyx mostly 5-lobed. Petals mostly 5, imbricate. Disc thick, fleshy. Stamens mostly 3, inserted at base of free part of ovary. Ovary partly or not immersed in disc, 3-locular with 2–20 ovules per loculus.

Fruit a capsule, strongly 3-lobed, each lobe flattened and opening down the middle into 2 valves; seeds compressed and usually winged.


Distribution and occurrence: World: c. 100 species, tropical & subtropical regions. Australia: 1 species (endemic).

Text by T. A. James
Taxon concept:

One species in NSW: Hippocratea barbata

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