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Genus Rhamnus Family Rhamnaceae

Description: Shrubs or small trees, glabrous or almost so; mostly monoecious.

Leaves alternate, pinnately veined, petiolate.

Inflorescence axillary, raceme-like. Flowers usually unisexual. Hypanthium fused to ovary. Sepals 4 or 5, shed early. Petals 0, 4 or 5. Stamens 5; filaments longer than anthers. Disc absent. Ovary superior, 2–4-locular; style 2–4-branched.

Fruit drupaceous, containing 2–4 nutlets.


Distribution and occurrence: World: c. 100 species, Europe, Asia, Africa & America. Australia: 1 species (naturalized).

Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept:

One species in NSW: Rhamnus alaternus

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