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8. Hernandiaceae

莲叶桐科 lian ye tong ke

Authors: Xi-wen Li, Jie Li & Brigitta E. E. Duyfjes

Trees, shrubs, or scandent lianas. Leaves simple or palmately compound, petiolate, circinate and scandent in part, estipulate. Flowers bisexual, unisexual, or polygamous, actinomorphic, in axillary or terminal corymbs or cymose panicles, with bracts or not. Outer tepals (sepals) 3-5. Inner tepals (petals) similar to outer ones. Stamens 3-5; filament bases with appendages on external sides or not; anthers 2-celled; cells valvate. Ovary inferior, 1-loculed, 1-ovuled; ovule pendulous. Drupe ± costate, broadly 2-4-winged or enclosed in an inflated cupule and wings absent. Seed 1, exalbuminous, coat leathery.

About four genera and 60 species: tropical regions of E and W Africa, SE Asia, NE Australasia, and Central and South America; two genera and 16 species (seven endemic) in China.

Li Ya-rü. 1982. Hernandiaceae. In: Li Hsi-wen, ed., Fl. Reipubl. Popularis Sin. 31: 463-480.

1 Trees; leaves simple, peltate or not; fruit enclosed in an inflated cupule; flowers unisexual.   1 Hernandia
+ Lianas; leaves trifoliolate; fruit broadly 2-4-winged; flowers bisexual.   2 Illigera

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