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1. Homalocladium platycladum (F. J. Muell. ex Hook.) L. H. Bailey, Gentes Herbarum. 2:56. 1929; Man. Cult. Pl. ed. 2. 351. 1949; R.R. Stewart, Ann. Cat. Vasc. Pl. W.Pak. & Kashm. 202. 1972; Bhopal & Chaudhri, l.c. (Fig.1, A-C).

Coccoloba platyclada F.J. Muel. ex Hook., Bot. Mag. t. 5382, 1863; Muehlenbeckia platyclados (F.J. Muell. ex Hook.) Meisn. in Bot. Zeit. 22: 313. 1865; R.N.Parker, For. Fl. Punj. Hazara 424. 1921 (reprint. ed.).

An erect, c. 1 m tall shruby plant with broad, flat, thin, articulate, delicately striate, ribbon-like phylloclades. Leaves sessile, membranous, entire, often lobed at base, 1.5-6.5 cm long. Ochreae 1-2 mm long, ovate, obtuse. Flowers 1-6 in sessile clusters, bracteate, bracts ovate, c. 1 mm long. Perianth segments 5, greenish, oblong, 1-1.5 mm long. Stamens 8. Ovary ovoid, 3-angular c. 1 mm long; styles 3. Nuts enclosed in the fleshy deep red or purplish perianth.

Type: Described from Solomon Islands.

Distribution: It is native of Solomon Islands and cultivated in most of the countries for its deep red or purplish showy fruits.


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