CombretaceaeIndian Almond family





Identification
  - Leaves simple, alternate, entire, glabrous, often bunched at twig tips.
  - Without stipules.
  - Sympodial branching.
  - Flowers small, 5-lobed cream calyx with 10 exserted stamens, petals lacking.
  - Fruit with two wings.

Diagnosis: Trees and lianas, the trees with butresses, some with smooth pealing bark, sympodial branching, without stipules, leaves simple, alternate, entire, bunched at twig tips.

Local distribution: Pacific and Atlantic slopes below 1000 m.

Similar families
Boraginaceae: inner bark oxidizes orange-brown, not smooth and pealing, leaves either elliptic or pubescent, a leaf arising at twigs fork.

Diversity: Total: 2 genera, 3 species. Trees: 1 genus, 2 species.



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