Comm. ex Juss.
Shrubs or small trees, becoming somewhat spinescent; branchlets +/- at right angles to branches. Leaves shortly petiolate, elliptic; stipules aristate, deciduous. Flowers solitary or fascicled on short pedicels. Calyx 4-lobed, lobes triangular. Corolla 4-lobed, white or yellowish white; lobes oblong-elliptic, apiculate, valvate; tube somewhat globose, densely bearded in throat. Stamens 4, arising in corolla throat; anthers subsessile, ovate. Disc semiglobose. Ovary 2 -locular, with a single pendulous ovule in each locule; stigmatic knob subglobose, obscurely 2-lobed. Fruit a subspherical to heart-shaped, bilaterally flattened drupe; pyrenes narrowly obovoid to obovoid with ventral face flattened and apex somewhat crested. Seeds with testa finely reticulate.
Species 10, Africa, Madagascar and Mauritius; 1 in sthn Afr.: Pyrostria hystrix (Bremek.) Bridson, Northern Province, Mpumalanga, Swaziland and KwaZulu-Natal.

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