Fls perfect; sep nearly as long as the erect pet; filaments slender, elongate; ovary and fr 3-lobed; styles erect, distinct below, connate above; fr a large, thin-walled, much inflated capsule, dehiscent at the top along the ventral sutures of the free tips of the carpels; shrubs or small trees with drooping terminal panicles of white or greenish- white fls. 10, N. Temp.
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