Melicoccus

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Melicoccus

<<<<Flowers>Corolla>Petals>Appendages>Appendage number

without appendages, or with two1
1. 004-003-001-003-001

<<<Flowers>Corolla>Petals>Appendages

distinct, basal, minute appendages2
2. 004-003-001-003

<<<Flowers>Corolla>Petals>Growth form

erect or reflexed3
3. 004-003-001-001

<<<Flowers>Corolla>Petals>Shape

elliptic to obovate4
4. 004-003-001-002

<<<Flowers>Ovary>Stigma>Shape

subcapitate5
5. 004-006-004-001

<<<Flowers>Stamens>Anthers>Shape

elliptic or ovate, retuse at apex6
6. 004-005-003-001

<<<Flowers>Stamens>Filaments>Hairs

glabrous7
7. 004-005-002-001

<<Embryo>Cotyledons>Growth form

erect8
8. 007-001-001

<<Embryo>Radicle>Shape

elongated9
9. 007-002-001

<<Flowers>Corolla>Petals

the petals , , ;10
10. 004-003-001

<<Flowers>Ovary>Carpel number

2-carpellate11
11. 004-006-001

<<Flowers>Ovary>Locule number

unilocular12
12. 004-006-002

<<Flowers>Ovary>Ovule number per carpel

a single13
13. 004-006-003

<<Flowers>Ovary>Stigma

the stigma lobed to , sessile.14
14. 004-006-004

<<Flowers>Stamens>Anthers

the anthers dorsifixed, ;15
15. 004-005-003

<<Flowers>Stamens>Filaments

filaments of equal or unequal length, longer than the petals, ,16
16. 004-005-002

<<Flowers>Stamens>Stamen number

817
17. 004-005-001

<<Fruits>Mesocarps>Texture

leathery18
18. 005-002-001

<<Leaves>Leaflets>Leaflet number

2 or 419
19. 002-001-001

<<Leaves>Rachises>Shape

winged or nearly cylindric20
20. 002-002-001

<Embryo>Cotyledons

straight cotyledons of similar size, or notorrhizal with cotyledons diagonally superimposed21
21. 007-001

<Embryo>Radicle

the radicle punctiform or .22
22. 007-002

<Flowers>Corolla

corolla of distinct petals with imbricate aestivation, inserted on the base of an extrastaminal nectary disc,23
23. 004-003

<Flowers>Merosity

4- or 5-merous24
24. 004-001

<Flowers>Nectary disc

nectary disc prominent, annular or lobed;25
25. 004-004

<Flowers>Ovary

ovary , , each carpel with campylotropous or apotropous ovule,26
26. 004-006

<Flowers>Sepals

sepals imbricate, connate at base, shorter or as long as the petals;27
27. 004-002

<Flowers>Stamens

stamens ,28
28. 004-005

<Fruits>Mesocarps

with mesocarp29
29. 005-002

<Fruits>Shape

ellipsoid, ovoid, or globose30
30. 005-001

<Inflorescences>Position

distal or axillary31
31. 003-001

<Leaves>Leaflets

leaflets , opposite;32
32. 002-001

<Leaves>Rachises

rachis ;33
33. 002-002

<Leaves>Stipules

stipules wanting.34
34. 002-003

<Seeds>Seed number

1(-2)35
35. 006-001

<Seeds>Texture

fleshy36
36. 006-002

Description

Small trees. Leaves alternate, even-pinnately compound, distal leaflet rudimentary or wanting; leaflets 2 or 4, opposite; rachis winged or nearly cylindric; stipules wanting. Inflorescence of distal or axillary panicles or racemes. Flowers 4- or 5-merous, actinomorphic, unisexual (the plants dioecious or monoecious); sepals imbricate, connate at base, shorter or as long as the petals; corolla of distinct petals with imbricate aestivation, inserted on the base of an extrastaminal nectary disc, the petals erect or reflexed, elliptic to obovate, without appendages, or with two distinct, basal, minute appendages; nectary disc prominent, annular or lobed; stamens 8, filaments of equal or unequal length, longer than the petals, glabrous, the anthers dorsifixed, elliptic or ovate, retuse at apex; ovary 2-carpellate, unilocular, each carpel with a single campylotropous or apotropous ovule, the stigma lobed to subcapitate, sessile. Fruits baccate, indehiscent, ellipsoid, ovoid, or globose, with leathery mesocarp. Seed 1(-2), with a fleshy, edible sarcotesta. Embryo lomatorrhizal with straight erect cotyledons of similar size, or notorrhizal with cotyledons diagonally superimposed, the radicle punctiform or elongated.

Distribution

Guianas present, Hispaniola, South America
A genus of ten species native to South America and Hispaniola. Three species in the Guianas.

Embryo

Embryo lomatorrhizal with ,37
37. 007

Flowers

Flowers , actinomorphic, unisexual (the plants dioecious or monoecious);38
38. 004

Fruits

Fruits baccate, indehiscent, , .39
39. 005

Habit

Small trees.40
40. 001

Inflorescences

Inflorescence of panicles or racemes.41
41. 003

Leaves

Leaves alternate, even-pinnately compound, distal leaflet rudimentary or wanting;42
42. 002

Seeds

Seed , with a , edible sarcotesta.43
43. 006