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Caricaceae Dumortier

habit
woody plants, herbaceous plants

important diagnostics
milky juice present, spiny stems or leaves

hairs
glandular

distribution
African, North American, South American

leaf: position
alternate

leaf: nature
not compound, compound, palmately compound

leaf: venation
pinnate or hardly visible in leaves or leaflets., palmate in leaves or leaflets

margin
with entire margin, lobed or divided, dentate

leaf: stipules
absent

inflorescence
raceme

flower: sexuality
bisexual, unisexual

flower: symmetry
actinomorphic

flower: receptacle
small

flower: disc
absent

flower: perianth number
7+

flower: perianth nature
perianth of calyx and corolla

flower: sepal number
5

flower: sepal position
connate

flower: petal number
5

flower: petal position
all free from one another, petals connate

flower: petal nature
petals contorted, petals valvate

stamen: number
5, 10

stamen: anthers
basifixed, introrse, opening by longitudinal slits

stamen: filaments
inserted on the corolla, not connate, connate into 1 tube or bundle

pistil: style
styles absent, stigmas sessile, styles more than 1, free

pistil: carpel
5

pistil: ovary
1-locular, 5-locular

pistil: ovule
3+ in each loculus

pistil
ovules parietal, carpels connate

fruit: type
fleshy

fruit: seed
3+ seeds

seed: embryo
straight

seed: endosperm
seeds with endosperm


 

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