Lepinia

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Lepinia

Description

Small trees or shrubs with white latex which may turn blue when exposed. Branchlets glabrous; Leaves alternate; Inflorescence terminal but appearing leaf-opposed; Stamens inserted in the upper half of the corolla tube, completely included in the tube; Fruit pendulous, the apocarpous parts of the gynoecium fused together at the base and elongating to form thin stalks of each fruiting carpel, these carpels also remaining fused at the apices to form a star-like structure, the whole forming an open-sided basket-like effect; Seeds solitary in each carpel, simple.

Distribution

Asia-Tropical, from New Guinea eastwards but only know from a few islands across the Pacific present
4 species from New Guinea eastwards but only know from a few islands across the Pacific; in Malesia 1 species.

Citation

Lorence & W.L. Wagner - in Allertonia. 1997: 256