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Family Cardiopteridaceae

Description: Trees, shrubs [or rarely woody vines].

Leaves alternate, simple, margins entire, toothed [or lobed]; domatia present [or absent]; stipules absent.

Inflorescences terminal, axillary or leaf-opposed; cymose, paniculate or thyrsoid or flowers solitary. Flowers actinomorphic, bisexual and/or unisexual and then plants dioecious or polygamous; mostly 5-merous. Sepals mostly fused into a tube, generally persistent in fruit. Petals free or fused, inflexed at apex. Stamens as many as petals; filaments free, or fused to the corolla tube; anthers 2-locular, dehiscing by longitudinal slits, latrorse or introrse. Disc absent. Ovary superior, mostly 1-locular; ovules usually 2 per loculus; style 1 or 2, or stigma sessile.

Fruit a 1-seeded drupe; seed without aril.


Distribution and occurrence: World: 4 genera, >400 species, widespread in tropical regions.

External links:
Angiosperm Phylogeny Website (Family: Cardiopteridaceae, Order: Aquifoliales)
Wikipedia

Text by K.D. Hill
Taxon concept:

One genus in NSW: Citronella

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