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This genus is accepted, and its native range is Tanzania (Pemba), W. Indian Ocean to W. Pacific.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FTEA]

Apocynaceae, E.A. Omino. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2002

Morphology General Habit
Shrubs or trees; white latex present in all parts
Morphology Leaves
Leaves spirally arranged
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence terminal or in branching forks
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals free or nearly so, imbricate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla with funnel-shaped tube and oblique lobes
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens included, anthers sessile
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Pistil with apex at level of anthers; ovary of 2 separate carpels
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit of 2 (or by abortion 1) mostly separate drupaceous mericarps with hard endocarp
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds 1–2 in each mericarp, flat.

Native to:

Andaman Is., Bangladesh, Bismarck Archipelago, Borneo, Cambodia, Caroline Is., China Southeast, Christmas I., Comoros, Cook Is., Fiji, Gilbert Is., Hainan, India, Jawa, Laos, Lesser Sunda Is., Madagascar, Malaya, Maluku, Marianas, Marquesas, Marshall Is., Mauritius, Myanmar, Nansei-shoto, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Guinea, Nicobar Is., Northern Territory, Philippines, Pitcairn Is., Queensland, Samoa, Santa Cruz Is., Seychelles, Society Is., Solomon Is., South China Sea, Sri Lanka, Sulawesi, Sumatera, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tonga, Tuamotu, Tubuai Is., Vanuatu, Vietnam, Wallis-Futuna Is.

Introduced into:

Chagos Archipelago, Trinidad-Tobago

Cerbera L. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
s.coll. [Cat. no. s.n.], Bihar K001132389
s.coll. [Cat. no. s.n.] K001132390
s.coll. [Cat. no. s.n.] K001132391

First published in Sp. Pl.: 208 (1753)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne.
  • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Selected Plant Families Database in ACCESS: 1-216203. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Leeuwenberg in Wageningen Agric. Univ. Pap. 98, 3: 5–64 (1999)
  • Sp. Pl.: 208 (1753)

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Kew Backbone Distributions
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