Cerbera

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Cerbera

Description

Shrubs or small trees. Leaves spirally arranged, with colleters in the axils; Inflorescence of terminal panicles; Sepals without colleters inside. Stamens completely included in corolla tube; ± sessile; Fruit a drupe; Seeds flattened, ellipsoid.

Distribution

Asia-Tropical, from Madagascar and the Seychelles to Pitcairn Island present, from the Ryukus to Queensland present
A genus of 6 species from Madagascar and the Seychelles to Pitcairn Island and from the Ryukus to Queensland; in Malesia 5 species.

Taxonomy

Care must be exercised when interpreting the previous literature on Cerbera as species have often been confused with each other, especially C. manghas and C. odollam.

Citation

P.I. Forst. - in Austrobaileya. 1992: 570
H. Huber - in Abeyw. (ed.), Revis. Handb. Fl. Ceylon 1. 1973: 17
K. Schum. - in Engl. & Prantl, Nat. Pflanzenfam. 4. 1895: 158
Whitmore - in Tree Fl. Malaya. 1973: 12
Kessler & Sidiy., Trees Balikpapan-Samarinda. 1994: 53
P.S. Ashton - in Man. non-Dipt. Trees Sarawak. 1988: 26
J.A.R. Anderson, Checklist Trees Sarawak. 1980: 148
Pichon - in Notul. Syst. (Paris). 1948: 221
Coode et al., Checklist Pl. Brunei. 1996: 26
Lippold - in Feddes Repert. 1980: 51
Argent et al. - in Man. non-Dipterocarp Trees C. Kalimantan. 1997: 81
D.J. Middleton - in Fl. Thailand. 1999: 65
Benth. & Hook.f. - in Gen. Pl. 1876: 699
D.J. Middleton - in Tree Fl. Sabah & Sarawak. 2004: 23
Leeuwenb. - in Agric. Univ. Wageningen Pap. 1999: 5
L. - in PROSEA. 1998: 154
Pit. - in Lecomte, Fl. Indo-Chine 3. 1933: 1137
A.DC. - in Prodr. 1844: 352
King & Gamble - in J. Asiat. Soc. Bengal. 1907: 426
L. - in PROSEA. 2001: 151
Corner - in Wayside Trees Malaya, ed. 3. 1988: 153
Ridl. - in Fl. Malay Penins. 1923: 338
Backer & Bakh.f. - in Fl. Java. 1965: 232