Part of the The Families and Genera of Vascular Plants book series (FAMILIES GENERA, volume 2)


Evergreen shrublets to small trees, rarely epiphytic (in Drimys) or with lignotubers (in D.piperita), branching sympodially or monopodially; without perulae (except Drimys). Entirely glabrous, rarely with hair-like papillae or with minute uniseriate hairs Various parts often with reddish tinge. Stipules absent. Leaves spirally arranged, usually petiolate, entire, often finely pellucid dotted, often glaucous beneath; nervation pinnate, secondaries (festooned) brochidodromous, tertiaries reticulate. Inflorescence terminal, intercalary, or axillary; partial inflorescences in the axils of aggregated cataphylls, (compound) dichasia, triads, or single flowers. Flowers small to rather large, white to yellow to red, bisexual or unisexual (in Drimys), bisymmetric to actinomorphic, hypogynous. Calyx calyptrate, rupturing at very early stages and then persistent or rupturing upon anthesis and then usually dropping (Drimys). Torus low to rather long. Petals 2 to many, entire, free or the outer ones connate and rupturing upon anthesis (in Zygogynum).


Comparative Morphology Wood Anatomy Short Shoot Arnold Arbor Partial Inflorescence 
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