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This genus is accepted, and its native range is Tropics & Subtropics.


Dichapetalaceae, A. R. Torre. Flora Zambesiaca 2:1. 1963

Flowers actinomorphic.
Stamens all fertile.
Disk sometimes divided into 5 squamulous glands.
Fruits drupaceous, dry or rarely fleshy with (1) 2–3 mericarps; mericarps obtuse or acuminate.
Otherwise characters of the family.


Dichapetalaceae, F.J. Breteler (Agricultural University, Wageningen). Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1988

Lianas, lianescent shrubs, shrubs, or small trees with sympodial growth
Stems often with intruding phloem; branches solid or hollow, often distinctly lenticellate, the lenticels in vertical rows or scattered
Stipules caducous or persistent, simple, entire, or variously lobed or divided
Leaves spirally arranged on the orthotropic shoots, but pseudo-distichous on the plagiotropic shoots, strongly reduced to absent on orthotropic shoots in lianas, shortly-petioled, pinnatinerved, margins entire; orbicular, usually flat glands nearly always present on the leaf-blade, mostly beneath
Inflorescences axillary, sometimes arranged on leafless axillary or terminal shoots, cymose, distinctly branched or subglobose, sessile or pedunculate; peduncle free or adnate to the petiole; bracts and bracteoles usually small; pedicel articulate, the upper part (the true pedicel) variable in length, absent to very distinct Flowers small, actinomorphic, 5-merous, bisexual in African species
Receptacle flat or slightly concave
Sepals unequal to subequal, imbricate, free or shortly united, rarely forming a tube
Petals whitish to pale yellow, equal, alternating with the sepals, ± spathulate in outline, at base usually as wide as the filaments and adnate to them, rarely the petals entirely free, bilobed to entire, the lobes flat or concave
Stamens 5, equal, episepalous; anthers introrse, opening by longitudinal slits, usually with a strongly thickened connective
Staminodes 5, epipetalous, variously shaped, sometimes united into a disk-like lobulate ring or cupula
Pistil 2–3(–4)-merous; obturator often present; styles free or coherent
Fruit with 1–3(–4) pyrenes, subglobose or deeply lobed, usually yellow to orange at maturity; exocarp dehiscent or indehiscent; mesocarp fleshy; endocarp indehiscent, with a distinct apical, and usually partly ventral, suture, leathery or bony, often hairy inside
Seeds exalbuminous, usually with a rather thin testa; cotyledons planoconvex, often grooved on the convex sides.

Native to:

Andaman Is., Angola, Assam, Bangladesh, Belize, Benin, Bismarck Archipelago, Bolivia, Borneo, Botswana, Brazil North, Brazil Northeast, Burundi, Cabinda, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Repu, China South-Central, China Southeast, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Fiji, French Guiana, Gabon, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Gulf of Guinea Is., Guyana, Hainan, Honduras, India, Ivory Coast, Jawa, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Laos, Lesser Sunda Is., Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaya, Maluku, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Northeast, Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, New Guinea, Nicaragua, Nicobar Is., Nigeria, Northern Provinces, Panamá, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Queensland, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Solomon Is., Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sulawesi, Sumatera, Suriname, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad-Tobago, Uganda, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Dichapetalum Thouars appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jun 1, 2003 Etuge, M. [1823], Cameroon K000008599
Drummond, R.B. [4330], Kenya 16054.000
Keay, R.W.J. [25593], Nigeria 16055.000
Faulkner [3310], Tanzania 29429.000
Lock [88/81], Tanzania 53248.000

First published in Gen. Nov. Madagasc.: 23 (1806)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (2000). World Checklist of Seed Plants Database in ACCESS D: 1-30141.


Flora of West Tropical Africa

  • Nov. Gen. Madag. 23 (1806).

Flora Zambesiaca

  • Gen. Nov. Madag.: 23 (1806).

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Breteler in Med. Landbouwh. 73–13: 37 (1973)
  • Gen. Nov. Madag.: 23 (1806)

Flora Zambesiaca
Flora Zambesiaca

Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa

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