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The families of flowering plants

L. Watson and M.J. Dallwitz

Neumanniaceae Van Tiegh.

Alternatively Aphloiaceae Takht.; ~ Flacourtiaceae.

Habit and leaf form. Trees and shrubs. Leaves evergreen; alternate (sometimes turning blue on drying); simple. Lamina entire; pinnately veined. Leaves exstipulate. Lamina margins usually serrate.

Leaf anatomy. Stomata present; anisocytic.

Axial (stem, wood) anatomy. Secondary thickening developing from a conventional cambial ring.

Reproductive type, pollination. Fertile flowers hermaphrodite. Plants hermaphrodite.

Inflorescence, floral, fruit and seed morphology. Flowers aggregated in ‘inflorescences’; in racemes, or in fascicles. Inflorescences axillary; in few-flowered fascicles or racemes. Flowers regular.

Perianth sepaline (petals lacking); 4–5(–6). Calyx 4–5(–6); polysepalous; much imbricate.

Androecium 30–100 (‘many’). Androecial members unbranched; maturing centrifugally; free of the perianth; free of one another. Androecium exclusively of fertile stamens. Stamens 30–100 (‘many’); polystemonous; filantherous (the filaments filiform, persistent). Anthers small. Pollen grains aperturate; 3 aperturate; colpate (?).

Gynoecium seemingly 1 carpelled. Carpels reduced in number relative to the perianth. The pistil 1 celled. Gynoecium seemingly monomerous; seemingly of one carpel; superior. Carpel non-stylate to stylate (with a sessile); apically stigmatic (the stigma pelatate); 2–10 ovuled (? — ‘few’). Placentation marginal. Ovules biseriate; more or less campylotropous.

Fruit fleshy. The fruiting carpel indehiscent; baccate. Seeds sparsely endospermic. Embryo well differentiated. Embryo curved (horseshoe-shaped).

Geography, cytology. Paleotropical. Tropical. Tropical East Africa, Madagascar, Mascarene Is.

Taxonomy. Subclass Dicotyledonae; Crassinucelli. Dahlgren’s Superorder Violiflorae; Violales. Cronquist’s Subclass Dilleniidae; Violales. APG 3 core angiosperms; core eudicot; Superorder Rosanae; malvid; Order Crossosomatales.

Species 1 (polymorphic). Genera 1; only genus, Aphloia.

General remarks. A very incomplete description. APG (1998) employ the name Aphloiaceae.

Illustrations. • Aphloia theiformis, as Neumannia: Engler, Veg. der Erde (1910). • Aphloia theiformis subsp. madagascariensis: Humbert, Flora Madagascariensis (1946). • Aphloia: Sketched flowering sprays and technical details.


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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: 12th September 2017. delta-intkey.com/angio’.

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