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Smilacaceae Ventenat


Habit: shrub

Important diagnostics: spiny stems or leaves, tendrils present

Taxon group: monocots

Plant: dioecious

Leaf: position: opposite, alternate

Leaf: venation: palmate

Flowers: inflorescence: umbel

Flowers: sexuality: bisexual, unisexual

Flowers: perianth number: 6

Stamen: number: 6

Stamen: filaments: free, connate into 1 tube or bundle

Stamen: other characters: staminodia present

Pistil: ovary: 3-loculed

Pistil: ovule: 1 per locule, 2 per locule

Ovary: position: superior

Fruit: types and characters: fleshy (berry, drupe, pome)

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