de Clous, Bois de Clous Nain).
are well-branched shrubs or small trees that can be between 3 and 6 m in
height. The small branches are red, rather puberulent at the juvenile stage
and turn smooth at later stages.
leaves are petiolated with these varying between 1 and 3 m in length. However,
adult leaves do not have petioles. Lamina of juvenile leaves are oblong either
linearly obovoid or linearly elliptical and measure 2-4 ´
0.5-1 cm. Adult leaves have a lamina measuring 1.5-5.5 ´
1.5 cm, and are oval, elliptical or rather circular. The leaves are rounded at
the tip, bright above and pale greyish green below. The midrib is
canaliculated above and very prominent below. 3-7 pairs of lateral veins are
prominent on both surfaces. Intramarginal veins are found 1-3 mm from the
flowers are solitary and found at the axil of bracts. In general 1-2 pairs are
present at the basal part of the foliate branches. Bracts are triangular,
deciduous and measure 2 mm in length. Peduncles are 12-45 mm long, more or
less slender, and smooth. Bracteoles are narrowly oval, 2-3 m long, smooth and
deciduous. Floral buds are piriform, reaching 6-7 ´
4-6 mm at anthesis. These buds are scattered at the base.
calyx lobes are semi-circular, more or less equal and more or less persisting.
They measure 2-3 mm in length and are 3-4 mm wide and bear hairs
scattered. The petals are subcircular, measuring 4-5 mm. They are white
and ciliated. There are numerous stamens. They have filament measuring 3-4 mm
in length and are white in colour. The anthers are globular and 0.4 mm long.
The ovary is bilocular bearing about 20 ovules per locule. The style is 3-4 mm
The fruit is a globular berry, reaching 10 mm in diameter. Normally 3-8 seeds are produced. The testa is membranous, adhering to the embryo. Moreover, the cotyledons are connate.