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Cercidiphyllaceae

  • P. K. Endress
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Part of the The Families and Genera of Vascular Plants book series (FAMILIES GENERA, volume 2)

Abstract

Large dioecious trees. Leaves opposite or subopposite on long shoots, single on short shoots, simple, margin crenate or entire, stipules small; indumentum (mostly) absent. Flowers in terminal heads on sympodial short shoots, the male head containing 16–35 stamens; flowers perianthless, difficult to delimit, made up of perhaps 1–13 stamens; stamens with long, apiculate, tetrasporangiate, basifixed, latrorse red anthers, opening with lateral longitudinal slits; female heads with 2 to 8 flowers, flowers perianthless, unicarpellate, carpel plicate, directed away from the inflorescence axis, with red stigma; ovules 15–30, anatropous, apotropous, bitegmic, crassinucellar, in two series along ventral side of the carpels. Fruit a follicle, seeds small, with a long chalazal extension forming a wing; endosperm thin, oily; embryo straight, large, dicotyledonous. One genus, two species, China and Japan.

Keywords

Ellagic Acid Short Shoot Arnold Arbor Male Inflorescence Inflorescence Axis 
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