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Ebenaceae Gurcke


Diospyros sp.

Credit: Xiangying Wen

Habit: tree, shrub

Important diagnostics: spiny stems or leaves

Taxon group: dicots

Plant: dioecious

Leaf: position: opposite, alternate, verticillate/whorled

Leaf: nature: simple

Leaf: blade: margin: entire

Leaf: stipules: absent

Flowers: inflorescence: solitary, raceme, fascicle, cyme, panicle

Flowers: sexuality: bisexual, unisexual, polygamous

Flowers: symmetry: actinomorphic

Flowers: sepal number/calyx lobes: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7+

Flowers: petal number/corolla lobes: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Flowers: petal nature: contorted, valvate, imbricate

Stamen: number: 2, 3, 4

Stamen: arrangement: alternate or antesepalous, same number as petals or sepals, twice or more number as petals or sepals

Stamen: anthers: introrse, opening by longitudinal slits

Stamen: filaments: inserted on the corolla, free

Stamen: other characters: staminodia present

Pistil: style: styles more than 1

Pistil: ovary: 2-loculed, 3-loculed, 4-loculed, 5-loculed, 6-loculed, 7+ loculed

Pistil: ovule: 1 per locule, 2 per locule

Pistil: pistil: ovules attached to the central axis

Ovary: position: superior

Stigma: indehiscent, 2-cleft

Fruit: types and characters: a nut (incl. achene, caryopsis, schizocarp, pyrene, etc.), fleshy (berry, drupe, pome)

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Dictionary of The Families & Genera of Chinese Seed Plants: Link

Vascular Plant Type Catalog at NYBG: Link


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