The families of flowering plants
Habit and leaf form. Small trees, or shrubs (or subshrubs). Leaves deciduous; opposite, or whorled; flat; petiolate; not gland-dotted; simple. Lamina entire; pinnately veined, or palmately veined. Leaves exstipulate. Lamina margins entire, or serrate, or dentate. Domatia occurring in the family (Philadelphus); manifested as hair tufts.
Leaf anatomy. Hairs present. Complex hairs present; usually stellate.
Lamina dorsiventral. Minor leaf veins without phloem transfer cells (Carpenteria, Philadelphus).
Stem anatomy. Secondary thickening developing from a conventional cambial ring. Wood parenchyma apotracheal (consisting of only a few scattered cells).
Reproductive type, pollination. Fertile flowers hermaphrodite. Unisexual flowers absent. Plants hermaphrodite.
Inflorescence, floral, fruit and seed morphology. Flowers aggregated in inflorescences (usually), or solitary (occasionally); when aggregated, in cymes (these few-flowered, in some Philadelphus spp.), or in racemes (ostensibly), or in heads, or in panicles. The ultimate inflorescence unit seemingly essentially cymose. Inflorescences terminal. Flowers medium-sized; fragrant (often), or odourless; regular; cyclic. Free hypanthium absent.
Perianth with distinct calyx and corolla; (8–)10–12; 2 whorled; isomerous, or anisomerous. Calyx 4, or 5–6; 1 whorled; gamosepalous; blunt-lobed; regular; persistent; imbricate, or valvate. Corolla 4 (commonly so, in Philadelphus), or 5–6; 1 whorled; polypetalous; imbricate, or contorted (e.g., in Philadelphus), or valvate; regular; usually white.
Androecium (4–)10–200 (to many, very numerous in Carpenteria). Androecial members branched (from a small number of primordia), or unbranched; when maturation sequence determinable, maturing centripetally; free of the perianth; free of one another, or coherent (sometimes basally connate). Androecium exclusively of fertile stamens. Stamens (4–)10–200 (i.e. to many); diplostemonous to polystemonous. Filaments appendiculate (sometimes lobed or toothed), or not appendiculate. Anthers dorsifixed to basifixed (mostly almost basifixed); versatile; dehiscing via longitudinal slits; almost latrorse (e.g. Whipplea), or introrse. Pollen grains aperturate; 3 aperturate; colporate (colporoidate); 2-celled (in Deutzia, Jamesia and Philadelphus).
Gynoecium (3–)4 carpelled, or 5(–7) carpelled, or 1 carpelled (rarely). Carpels reduced in number relative to the perianth to increased in number relative to the perianth. The pistil (1–)4 celled, or 5–7 celled. Gynoecium syncarpous; synovarious (usually, more or less), or synstylovarious; superior to inferior. Ovary (1–)4 locular, or 5–7 locular; sessile. Gynoecium stylate. Styles (2–)4 (commonly in Philadelphus), or 5–7; free, or partially joined; apical. Stigmas dry type; papillate; Group II type (B(i)). Placentation when unilocular, apical; when plurilocular, axile (usually), or parietal (rarely). Ovules in the single cavity 1–50 (?); (1–)25–50 per locule (usually many); pendulous to ascending; anatropous; unitegmic; tenuinucellate. Endothelium differentiated. Embryo-sac development Polygonum-type. Polar nuclei fusing prior to fertilization. Antipodal cells formed; 3; not proliferating; persistent. Synergids pear-shaped. Endosperm formation cellular, or nuclear. Endosperm haustoria present (Deutzia, Philadelphus); micropylar.
Fruit non-fleshy; dehiscent; a capsule. Capsules loculicidal, or valvular (e.g., in Philadelphus, Carpenteria). Seeds endospermic; small; winged, or wingless. Embryo well differentiated (small). Cotyledons 2. Embryo achlorophyllous (2/7); straight.
Physiology, biochemistry. Not cyanogenic. Iridoids detected (in 7 Deutzia species); Route I type (?). Proanthocyanidins present, or absent; when present, cyanidin. Flavonols present; quercetin, or kaempferol and quercetin. Ellagic acid absent (4 species, 3 genera). Ursolic acid absent. Sugars transported as oligosaccharides + sucrose (in Philadelphus). C3 (?), or CAM. CAM recorded directly in Philadelphus Troughton et al. 1974.
Geography, cytology. Holarctic and Paleotropical. Temperate to sub-tropical. Southern Europe to Eastern Asia, North and Central America, Philippines.
Taxonomy. Subclass Dicotyledonae; Tenuinucelli. Dahlgrens Superorder Corniflorae; Cornales. Cronquists Subclass Rosidae; Rosales. APG 3 core angiosperms; core eudicot; Superorder Asteranae; Order Cornales (as a synonym of Hydrangeaceae).
Species 135. Genera 7; Carpenteria, Deutzia, Fendlera, Fendlerella, Jamesia, Philadelphus, Whipplea.
General remarks. Thanks to Mike Hackston (June 2007) for correcting an error in an earlier version of this description.
Illustrations. • Technical details: Deutzia (Lindley). • Technical details: Philadelphus. • Deutzia corymbosa: Bot. Reg. xxvi, 5 (1840). • Deutzia scabra: Bot. Reg. 1718, 1835. • Philadelphus coronarius: Bot. Mag. 391, 1797. • Philadelphus coronarius: Bot. Mag. 391, text. • Philadelphus gordonianus: Bot. Reg. 1839, 32. • Philadelphus hirsutus: Bot. Reg. XXIV, 14, 1838. • Philadelphus mexicanus: Bot. Reg. 38, 1842. • Philadelphus speciosus, = ?: Bot. Reg. 2003, 1837.
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