Eclog. Amer. 3: 49. 1807.

Etymology: Probably from Greek drypa, dried olive or drupe, alluding to fruit
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 12. Treatment on page 369. Mentioned on page 328, 368.

Trees [shrubs]; trunks often fluted; indumentum of simple hairs. Leaves often subdistichous; stipules deciduous [persistent]; blade base oblique [rarely symmetrical]. Pedicels present. Staminate flowers: sepals 4–5[–7]; nectary intrastaminal, lobed [annular]; stamens 1–2 times number of sepals [or –50]; pistillode ± rudimentary. Pistillate flowers: sepals 4–5[–7]; nectary annular or lobed [absent]; styles 1 mm or less; stigmas dilated [2-fid, reniform, or subpeltate]. x = 10.


Fla., Mexico, West Indies, Central America, South America, Asia, Africa, Indian Ocean Islands, Pacific Islands, Australia, tropical and subtropical regions.


Species ca. 200 (2 in the flora).

Selected References



1 Ovaries 2-carpellate; stigmas 2; drupes red-orange at maturity, endocarps 0.5 mm thick, brittle; stamens 4(–5); leaves thick-papery, apices usually abruptly acute to acuminate, venation finely reticulate; buds not resinous. Drypetes lateriflora
1 Ovaries 1-carpellate; stigma 1; drupes white at maturity, endocarps 1–2 mm thick, bony; stamens 8(–10); leaves leathery, apices usually rounded to obtuse, if acute, not abruptly so, venation coarsely reticulate; buds resinous. Drypetes diversifolia
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Geoffrey A. Levin +
Fla. +, Mexico +, West Indies +, Central America +, South America +, Asia +, Africa +, Indian Ocean Islands +, Pacific Islands +, Australia +  and tropical and subtropical regions. +
Probably from Greek drypa, dried olive or drupe, alluding to fruit +
Eclog. Amer. +
Drypetes +
Putranjivaceae +