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Sapotaceae A. L. Jussieu


Habit: tree, shrub

Important diagnostics: with milky juice, spiny stems or leaves

Taxon group: dicots

Leaf: position: opposite, alternate, distichous, spiral

Leaf: nature: simple

Leaf: venation: pinnate

Leaf: blade: margin: entire

Leaf: stipules: absent, present

Flowers: inflorescence: solitary, raceme, fascicle

Flowers: sexuality: bisexual, unisexual

Flowers: symmetry: actinomorphic

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

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

Stamen: number: 6, 8, 10+

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

Stamen: filaments: inserted on the corolla

Stamen: other characters: staminodia present

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

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

Pistil: ovule: 1 per locule

Pistil: pistil: ovules axillary placentation

Ovary: position: superior

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

Fruit: seed: 1 seed, 2 seeds, 3 seeds, 4+ seeds

Seed: endosperm: seeds with endosperm

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