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Pakistan | Family List | Ruscaceae

Ruscus Linn., Sp. Pl. 1044. 1753. Gen Pl. ed. 5.1008.1754; Baker in Jour. Linn. Soc. 14:629.1875; Boiss., Fl. Or. 5:340.1884; Hutch., Fam. Flow. Pl. Monocots. 2:111.1934; Chern. in Kom., Fl. URSS. 4:443. 1935; P.F. Yeo in Notes R.B.G. Edinb. 28:237-264.1968.

Erect shrub. Leaves scarious, minute. Cladodes green, persistent, parallel veined, oblong to oblong-lanceolate or elliptic. Flowers unisexual, borne on the upper or the lower surfaces of the cladodes. Perianth segments free, the inner 3 narrower. Male flower: anthers 3. Female flower: ovary stipitate, trilocular; ovules 2 in each locule. Berry fleshy, 1 (-2)-seeded.

A genus of about 7 species distributed in Europe and the Mediterranean region to Iran and Caucasus. Represented in Pakistan by one cultivated species.

Lower Taxon


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