Serianthes

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Serianthes

Description

Unarmed trees or shrubs. Leaves bipinnate, rachis and pinnae usually with extrafloral nectaries; Stipules linear or filiform, only visible in seedlings. Inflorescences composed of pedunculate spikes, racemes or 1-4-flowered glomerules aggregated into racemes, panicles or umbels; Flowers bisexual, pentamerous, uniform. Stamens numerous, united into a tube at the base. Ovary(ies) 1 (or 2), sessile. Seeds usually elliptic or oblong, flattened, with a hard black testa with pleurogram, wingless;

Distribution

Asia-Tropical: Thailand (Thailand present), Melanesia present, Micronesia present, W Polynesia present, continental SE Asia present
Continental SE Asia (Thailand); throughout Malesia, Micronesia, Melanesia and W Polynesia; c. 18 species in all of which 4 in Malesia.

Citation

Benth. - Bull. Mus. Natn. Hist. Nat. Paris in Nielsen, Guinet & Baretta-Kuipers, Adansonia no 1. 1984: 84
Benth. - in Lond. J. Bot. 1846: 108
Fosb. - in Reinwardtia. 1960: 293
Kanis - in Brunonia. 1980: 289
Benth. - in Trans. Linn. Soc. 1875: 599