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Santalaceae R. Brown


Habit: tree, shrub, herb

Important diagnostics: scale-like leaves

Taxon group: dicots

Stem: nodose

Leaf: position: opposite, alternate

Leaf: nature: simple

Leaf: venation: pinnate, palmate

Leaf: blade: margin: entire

Flowers: inflorescence: solitary, raceme, spike, corymb, umbel, fascicle, panicle

Flowers: sexuality: bisexual, unisexual

Flowers: symmetry: actinomorphic

Flowers: disc: present

Flowers: perianth number: 3, 4, 5, 6

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

Flowers: petal number/corolla lobes: 0

Flower: bract: present

Flower: bractlet: present

Stamen: number: 3, 4, 5, 6

Stamen: arrangement: antepetalous, same number as petals or sepals

Stamen: anthers: dorsifixed, opening by longitudinal slits, 2-celled, gynobasic

Pistil: style: style 1, or styles more or less connate

Pistil: ovary: 1-loculed

Pistil: ovule: 1 per locule, 2 per locule, 3 per locule

Pistil: pistil: ovules attached to the base of the ovary

Ovary: position: half-inferior, inferior

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

Fruit: seed: 1 seed

Seed: embryo: straight

Seed: endosperm: seeds with endosperm

Google Image Search: Link

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

Vascular Plant Type Catalog at NYBG: Link


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