MalpighiaceaeBarbados Cherry family







Identification
  - Leaves simple, opposite, usually entire.
  - Free stipules on twig or fused to petiole.
  - T-shaped hairs.
  - Sessile nectar glands common on leaf blade.

Diagnosis: Trees and lianas, stipules either free or on petiole, leaves opposite and entire, T-shaped hairs, often with nectar glands on leaf blade.

Local distribution: Widespread.

Similar families
Celastraceae: orange layer in bark, crenate.
Myrtaceae: pellucid dots, no stipules.

Diversity: Total: 10 genera, 21 species. Trees: 3 genera, 7 species.



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