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

Flora Data (Last Modified On 3/13/2013)
Family OCHNACEAE
Contributor JOHN D. DWYER
Description Trees, shrubs, or herbs. Leaves sessile or petiolate, simple (extra-Panama rarely compound), stipulate. Inflorescences terminal or axillary, racemose or cymose, the flowers rarely solitary. Flowers a, actinomorphic; sepals usually 5, occasionally reduced to 4 or up to 10; petals usually the same number as the sepals, mostly imbricate in the bud; stamens 5 to so, hypogynous, often surrounded by one to several rows of staminodia, the anthers basifixed, dehiscing poricidally or longitudinally; pistil solitary, the ovary superior, often borne on an enlarged torus or gynophore, the carpels and locules 2-5, the placentae axile or parietal, intrusive, the ovules oo (rarely 1 per locule), occasionally alate, the style usually slender and unbranched, the stigmatic surface often indistinguishable or the stigmas radial and conspicuous. Fruits either baccate, the carpels separating as distinct cocci or druplets on an enlarged torus, or capsular and dehiscing septicid- ally, or rarely nut-like and indehiscent (extra-Panama), the seeds occasionally conspicuously winged.
Habit Trees shrubs
Habit herbs
Distribution Pantropical, especially well represented in northeastern South America.
Key a. Trees or erect shrubs; flowers lacking coronal segments, yellow. b. Large trees with leaves up to 1 m long, clustered or whorled at the ends of the branches; panicles up to 1 m long; leaves rounded or obtuse at the apex ............... ...................C............................ ....... 1. Cespedezia bb. Shrubs or at most small trees; leaves up to 30 cm long, mostly well- spaced along the branches; panicles up to 20 cm long; leaves acute or acuminate at the apex ................... ....... 2. Ouratea aa. Herbs or sprawling subshrubs; flowers with an obvious interior corona, white, pink, rarely yellow ....... 3. Sauvagesia
 
 
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