Allospondias

Allospondias (Pierre) Stapf

Description:
Trees, dioecious (androdioecious) or with hermaphrodite flowers. Leaves deciduous, alternate, imparipinnate, petiolate; leaflets opposite or alternate, sessile to petiolulate, entire. Inflorescences terminal panicles, pubescent. Flowers pedicellate, articulate;  perianth 5-parted; calyx imbricate; corolla valvate, white; androecium diplostemonous; pistillode reduced; staminodes reduced; disk glabrous; ovary prominently lobed (carpels only fused on one plane); carpels 5; styles 4–5, apically connate or distinct; stigmas capitate or spathulate; ovules 5, apical, 1-4 fertile. Drupe subglobose, 2–5-locular; exocarp red; mesocarp fleshy; endocarp woody with matrix of fibers expanding into mesocarp.

Two species, Myanmar, Thailand, Indochina, southern and tropical China. A. laxiflora may represent a distinct genus due to differences in the connation of the styles (distinct), shape of stigmas (capitate), absence of endocarp lobing, number of locules (2), and the absence of four parenchyma-filled cavities.

Original Publication: Allospondias (Pierre) Stapf in Hook., Icon. Pl.: 2667 (1900).

Synonyms:
Poupartia Comm. ex Juss. (1789), p. p.
Spondias L. (1753), p. p.

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Tropicos – Allospondias

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