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Common names


A large genus of evergreen trees, shrubs and climbers (some epiphytic), mainly confined to tropical and subtropical rain-forests. The most characteristic feature of the genus is the peculiar inflorescence, which consists of a concave receptacle almost closed at the mouth and containing numerous unisexual flowers. The fertile fruits consist of the enlarged and fleshy receptacle, containing numerous achenes (the ‘true’ fruits).

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