Fls 5-merous throughout; cor- lobes with a petaloid appendage on each side; stamens 5, opposite the cor-lobes; staminodes petaloid, alternate with the cor-lobes; shrubs or small trees, often thorny, with alternate lvs (often clustered on dwarf lateral branches) and sessile lateral cymose umbels of small, white or greenish fls. 23, New World.
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