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Aegiceras Gaertn., Fruct. 1:216.t.45. 1788. Clarke in Hook.f., l.c. 533; Talbot, l.c. 150; Cooke, l.c. 147; Jafri, Fl. Karachi, 241.1966.

Aegiceras corniculatus
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Shrubs or small trees, with cylindrical branches, obovate to obovate-oblong, coriaceous, entire leaves. Inflorescence umbellate, terminal, leaf-opposed or axillary, usually subsessile or sessile. Flowers 5-merous, 2-sexual, usually white, fragrant, ebracteate. Calyx 5-lobed, imbricate. Corolla 5-lobed, twice as long as the calyx, lobes acute, often reflexed. Stamens 5, epipetalous; filaments linear, hairy at base; anthers dithecous, dehiscing longi┬Čtudinally, locules transversely septate. Ovary fusiform or oblong, acute, glabrous, 1-loculed with many ovules on a central globose placenta; style terminal with a punctiform stigma. Fruit, oblong, cylindrical, curved above, acute, coriaceous, 1-seeded, at length splitting longitudinally; seed oblong, exalbuminous, viviparous.

A, probably, monotypic genus of maritime habitats in Asia and Australia. Some authors place it under a separate monotypic family, Aegicerataceae Blume, because of its transversely septate anther cells, viviparous seeds and maritime habitat.

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