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Maytenus Molina

美登木属

Description from Flora of China

Shrubs or small trees, usually erect, rarely viny or climbing, glabrous, rarely pubsecent, branches often inermous. Leaves alternate, often disitichous, coriaceous, serrate, petiolate; stipules small, caducous. Inflorescences axillary, fasciculate, cymose, rarely racemose, or flowers solitary. Flowers white-green, bisexual, 5-merous. Disk fleshy, annular, undulate or 5-lobed, intrastaminal; anthers longitudinally dehiscent, introrse. Ovary usually 2-locular, rarely 3- or 4-locular, base confluent with disk; ovules erect, often 1 per locule. Capsule obovoid or ellipsoid, leathery, loculicidally dehiscent. Seeds 1-4, ellipsoid; aril basal to enveloping seed.

About 220 species: tropics and subtropics of America, temperate Australasia; six species (five endemic) in China.

(Authors: Liu Quanru (刘全儒); A. Michele Funston)

Lower Taxon


 

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