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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 3/13/2013)
 

Flora Data (Last Modified On 3/13/2013)
Family CORIARIACEAE
Contributor CALAWAY H. DODSON
Description Suffrutescent perennial herbs, shrubs, or rarely small trees, the branchlets angular, the lower ones opposite or ternate, the upper ones opposite. Leaves opposite, rarely whorled, sessile, simple, entire, (1-)3-5-nerved from base, estipu- late. Inflorescences terminal on axillary branchlets, racemose, or sometimes flowers axillary and solitary. Flowers 0 or subpolygamous, actinomorphic, very small, the perianth biseriate; sepals 5, imbricate, persistent; petals 5, hypogynous, shorter than the sepals, fleshy, carinate within, thickened after anthesis and intruded be- tween the cocci to produce a pseudodrupe; stamens 10, hypogynous, distinct, or the 5 opposite the petals adnate to the keel of the petals, the filaments short and filiform; anthers rather large, exserted, oblong, 2-celled, longitudinally dehiscent; gynoecium of 5-10 distinct carpels, these adnate in a whorl around the fleshy conic torus, 1-celled, the ovules solitary, pendulous from the apex of the cell, anatropous; styles as many as the carpels, free, elongated, usually divergent, stigmatose all around. Fruits of 5-10 cocci included in the accrescent petals, compressed, oblong; seeds compressed; endosperm scanty; embryo straight.
Habit herbs shrubs
Habit trees
Distribution One genus with eight species, only one in the New World tropics.
 
 
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