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Family Dilleniaceae

Description: Generally shrubs, sometimes trees or climbers.

Leaves alternate [or rarely opposite, simple, commonly entire, rarely toothed or lobed; stipules absent or minute and either falling or fused to the petiole.

Flowers solitary or in terminal or axillary cymes or racemes. Flowers actinomorphic or almost so, bisexual [or unisexual, often showy, mostly yellow. Sepals 3–many, usually 5, imbricate, persistent. Petals 3–many, usually 5, imbricate, often falling early. Stamens 3–many, hypogynous, free or united; occasionally staminodes present; anthers dehiscing by terminal pores or longitudinal slits. Carpels generally 2–20, superior, free or united at the base, styles free, stigma simple.

Fruit usually dehiscent, a cluster of follicles [or berry-like]; seeds often with an aril.


Distribution and occurrence: World: 10–12 genera, c. 400 species, tropical to subtropical regions in South-East Asia to temperate Australia. Australia: 5 genera, 110 species, all States.

External links:
Angiosperm Phylogeny Website (Family: Dilleniaceae, Order: Dilleniales)
Wikipedia

Text by G. J. Harden & J. Everett
Taxon concept:

 Key to the genera 
1Stamens 10 in 2 whorls, filaments flattened and fused into a short tube at the baseAdrastaea
Either stamens few to many and free, or if stamens united then less than 6 and in 1 whorl and filaments not united into a tubeHibbertia

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