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Illecebraceae R. Brown

habit
woody plants, herbaceous plants

hairs
glandular, stellate, branched

distribution
African, Asian, Australian and Oceanian, European, North American, South American

leaf: position
opposite or verticillate, alternate

leaf: nature
not compound

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

margin
with entire margin

leaf: epidermis
epidermis of leaf papillose

leaf: stipules
absent, present

inflorescence
raceme, simple, sympodial

flower: sexuality
bisexual, unisexual

flower: symmetry
actinomorphic

flower: receptacle
small, enlarged, totally or partially free from the ovary

flower: disc
absent, present

flower: perianth number
4, 5, 7+

flower: perianth nature
perianth of similar segments, perianth of calyx and corolla

flower: sepal number
4, 5

flower: sepal position
all free from one another

flower: sepal nature
sepals imbricate or contorted

flower: petal number
0, 4, 5

flower: petal position
all free from one another

stamen: number
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 10

stamen: anthers
dorsifixed or ventrifixed, basifixed, introrse, opening by longitudinal slits

stamen: filaments
free from the corolla, not connate, connate into 1 tube or bundle

stamen: other characters
staminodia present

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

pistil: carpel
2, 3

pistil: ovary
1-locular

pistil: ovule
1 in each loculus, 2 in each loculus, 3+ in each loculus

pistil
ovules axile, carpels connate, ovules attached to the central axis or ventrally in apocarpae, ovules attached to the base of the ovary

fruit: type
a nut

fruit: seed
1 seed

seed: embryo
straight, curved

seed: endosperm
seeds without endosperm, seeds with endosperm


 

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