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Genus Persea Family Lauraceae

Description: Shrubs or trees.

Leaves alternate.

Flowers in axillary or subterminal panicles, bisexual, 3-merous. Calyx lobes 6, unequal, pubescent, [sometimes persistent in fruit]. Fertile stamens 6 or 9; anthers 4-locular; staminodes usually large. Ovary ovoid, style filiform.

Drupe obovoid to globose, small to large and fleshy; receptacle not enlarged in fruit.


Distribution and occurrence: World: c. 145 species, chiefly tropical America. Australia: 1 species (naturalized).

Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept:

One species in NSW: Persea americana

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