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4. Broussonetia L’Herit. ex Vent., Tabl. Regn. Veg. 3: 547. 1799. Benth. & Hook. f., Gen. A. 3: 361; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. Ind. 5: 490. 1888; Hutch., Gen. Fl. Pl. 2: 159. 1967; Corner in Dass. & Fosb., Rev. Handb. Fl. Ceylon 3: 220.1981.


Dioecious, unarmed trees or large shrubs with milky latex. Leaves alternate or sometimes opposite, simple, entire or toothed, undivided or palmately 3(.5)-lobed, 3(-5) costate from the base; stipules lateral, membranous, caducous. Male inflorescence catkin-like, cylindrical spike. Male flowers: shortly pedicellate to sessile; sepals 4, united in the lower half, lobes valvate; saunas 4, inflexed in bud, explosive, pistillode minute. Female inflorescence axillary, pedunculate globose pseudo-heads. Female flowers: sepals united, 4-toothed; staminodes absent; ovary short, unilocular with pendulous ovule, enveloped by ovoid or cylindric calyx tube, styles filiform, unbranched, stigmatic nearly to the base. Fruit an orange-red, globose aggregate of thinly pulpy drupes partly invested by ± pulpy yellow to red calyces and bracts. Seeds ovoid-compressed, endospermous.

Species 7.8, distributed from India and Ceylon eastwards to Japan Polynesia. Represented in Pakistan by a single alien species.

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