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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Lacistemataceae Mart.

~ Flacourtiaceae.

Including Monandrodendraceae Barkley

Habit and leaf form. Small trees, or shrubs. Plants non-succulent. Leaves alternate; distichous; simple. Lamina dissected (toothed), or entire. Leaves stipulate. Stipules caducous (small).

Leaf anatomy. The leaf lamina dorsiventral. Stomata present; mainly confined to one surface (abaxial); anomocytic. Hairs present (these always simple, characterized by elongated pits at their bases); eglandular; unicellular, or multicellular. Unicellular hairs simple. Multicellular hairs uniseriate; simple. The mesophyll containing crystals. The crystals druses.

Axial (stem, wood) anatomy. Cork cambium present; initially superficial. Primary vascular tissues in a cylinder, without separate bundles; collateral. Internal phloem absent. Cortical bundles absent. Medullary bundles absent. Secondary thickening developing from a conventional cambial ring. Primary medullary rays narrow.

The vessels very to moderately small; in radial multiples (typically with the radial multiples of four or more cells arranged to form radial lines). The vessel end-walls scalariform (often with 20 or more bars). The vessels without spiral thickening. The axial xylem with libriform fibres; including septate fibres. The fibres without spiral thickening. The parenchyma apotracheal (diffuse); wood not storied.

Reproductive type, pollination. Unisexual flowers absent. Plants hermaphrodite (mostly).

Inflorescence, floral, fruit and seed morphology. Flowers aggregated in ‘inflorescences’; in racemes, or in spikes, or in catkins. Inflorescences axillary; catkinlike — small, dense, cylindrical, fascicled axillary spikes or racemes. Flowers bracteate (the bracts small and inconspicuous (Lozania) or conspicuous and imbricate (Lacistema)); bi- bracteolate; very small, or minute. Floral receptacle markedly hollowed (expanded into a fleshy, concave disk).

Perianth sepaline, or absent; 0, or 4–6. Calyx when present, 4–6; polysepalous; members unequal.

Androecium 1. Androecial members free of the perianth. Androecium exclusively of fertile stamens. Stamens 1. Anthers dehiscing via longitudinal slits; bilocular (the locules separate, sometimes stipitate). Pollen shed as single grains. Pollen grains aperturate; 3 aperturate; colporate.

Gynoecium 2–3 carpelled. The pistil 1 celled. Gynoecium syncarpous; synstylovarious; superior. Ovary 1 locular. Gynoecium stylate. Styles 1. Stigmas 2–3 (distinct). Placentation parietal. Ovules in the single cavity 2–6 (with 1–2 ovules on each placenta); pendulous; anatropous; bitegmic; crassinucellate. Endosperm formation nuclear.

Fruit non-fleshy; dehiscent; a capsule. Capsules three valvular. Fruit 1 seeded. Seeds endospermic. Endosperm oily. Embryo well differentiated. Cotyledons 2; flat (broad, foliar). Embryo straight.

Geography, cytology. Neotropical. Sub-tropical to tropical. Tropical America, West Indies.

Taxonomy. Subclass Dicotyledonae; Crassinucelli. Dahlgren’s Superorder Violiflorae; Violales (cf. Flacourtiaceae). Cronquist’s Subclass Dilleniidae; Violales. APG 3 core angiosperms; core eudicot; Superorder Rosanae; fabid; Order Malpighiales.

Species 27. Genera 2; Lacistema, Lozania.

Illustrations. • Lacistema grandifolium, L. intermedium (= ?), L. lucidum, L. aggregatum (as myricoides and recurvum) and L. pubescens: Fl. Brasiliensis 4 (1852–73). • Technical details: Lacistema (Lindley).


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Cite this publication as: ‘Watson, L., and Dallwitz, M.J. 1992 onwards. The families of flowering plants: descriptions, illustrations, identification, and information retrieval. Version: 16th May 2016. delta-intkey.com’.

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