Blepharocarya

Blepharocarya F. Muell.

Description:
Dioecious trees with contact dermatitis-causing exudate. Leaves opposite, paripinnate or imparipinnate; leaflets opposite or subopposite. Inflorescences terminal and/or axillary highly condensed thyrsoids. Male inflorescences bracteate glomerules usually consisting of three 7-flowered dichasial cymes; female flowers inside a cupule of partly coherent and connate, bracteate, cymose branches; perianth 4-parted, more or less sepaloid; calyx basally connate; corolla imbricate in male flowers; androecium diplostemonous; anthers dorsifixed, introrse; pistillode columnar, apically pilose; staminodes 0; disk pilose, raised-annular in female flowers, flat-annular in male; carpels 1; style lateral, excentric filiform, dilated at stigma; ovule pendulous, lateral. Infructescence a cupule opening by numerous branched valves; drupe dry, indehiscent, laterally compressed, subreniform, ciliate; 1-locular.

Two species, Australia, one in monsoon forests of the Northern Territory, and one in dry and rain forests on the east coast of northern Queensland.

Original Publication: Blepharocarya F. Muell., Fragm. 11: 15 (1878)

Bibliography: Jessup,  Fl. Australia 25: 170–187 (1985); B.S. Wannan, J.T. Waterhouse and C.J. Quinn, Bot. J. Linn. Soc. 95: 61-72 (1987), rev.

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