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Genus Strychnos Family Loganiaceae

Description: Trees, shrubs [or woody climbers], often with tendrils or spines.

Leaves 3–7-veined, mostly inserted on enlarged nodes; margins entire; stipular line faint.

Inflorescence axillary and/or terminal, cymose (branched-botryoids), frequently with elaborations; usually many-flowered. Flowers bisexual, 5-merous. Calyx free or fused to half-way; margin ciliate. Corolla trumpet-shaped, outer surface densely papillose; lobes valvate in bud. Stamens included to just exserted. Ovary 2- or rarely 1-locular; style capitate or slightly 2-lobed, persistent.

Fruit a globose or ellipsoid berry; seeds usually many.


Distribution and occurrence: World: c. 170 species, tropical & subtropical Africa, America, Malesia, Australia. Australia: 3 or 4 species (1 or 2 species endemic), Qld, N.S.W., N.T., W.A.

Text by B. J. Conn
Taxon concept:

One species in NSW: Strychnos arborea

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