The families of flowering plants
Habit and leaf form. Trees, or arborescent, or shrubs; non-laticiferous. Plants green and photosynthesizing. Leaves persistent; alternate (usually), or opposite (rarely); distichous (commonly), or spiral; herbaceous, or leathery; petiolate; non-sheathing; simple. Lamina entire; pinnately veined; usually oblique at the base. Leaves stipulate. Stipules intrapetiolar; free of one another; caducous, or persistent. Lamina margins entire, or dentate. Leaf development not graminaceous.
General anatomy. Plants without laticifers.
Leaf anatomy. The leaf lamina dorsiventral. Lamina with secretory cavities. Secretory cavities containing oil.
Reproductive type, pollination. Plants hermaphrodite (rarely), or monoecious, or dioecious (?), or polygamomonoecious. Floral nectaries present (sometimes with an intrastaminal disk), or absent. Nectar secretion when present, from the disk.
Inflorescence, floral, fruit and seed morphology. Flowers solitary, or aggregated in inflorescences. Inflorescences axillary, or in cauliforous clusters or pedicellate cymes. Flowers regular. Free hypanthium absent.
Perianth sepaline; imbricate, (3–)4, or 5(–6); free. Calyx (3–)4, or 5(–6); polysepalous.
Androecium 2–3 (Putranjiva), or 4–50 (Drypetes). Androecial members free of the perianth; free of one another. Androecium exclusively of fertile stamens (?). Stamens 2–50; filantherous. Anthers sub- dorsifixed to basifixed; dehiscing via longitudinal slits; introrse.
Gynoecium in female-fertile flowers, 1–3 carpelled, or 6 carpelled; normally syncarpous; of one carpel (rarely), or synovarious (usually); superior. Ovary (1–)2–3 locular, or 6 locular. Gynoecium stylate. Styles (1–)2–3, or 6; apical; much shorter than the ovary. Stigmas (1–)2–3, or 6; peltate, reniform, disc-shaped, bilobed or petaloid. Ovules in the single cavity when unilocular, 2; 2 per locule; pendulous; pseudocrassinucellate.
Fruit fleshy. The fruiting carpel indehiscent; drupaceous. Fruit indehiscent; a drupe (hairy, with simple or stellate hairs); 1–6 seeded (with one maturing per locule). Seeds endospermic. Cotyledons 2 (large,flat,fleshy).
Physiology, phytochemistry. Mustard-oils present.
Geography, cytology. Worldwide tropical and subtropical.
Taxonomy. Subclass Dicotyledonae; Crassinucelli. Dahlgrens Superorder Malviflorae; Euphorbiales. Cronquists Subclass Rosidae; Euphorbiales. APG III core angiosperms; core eudicot; Superorder Rosanae; fabid. APG IV Order Malpighiales.
Species about 220. Genera 2; Drypetes, Putranjiva.
General remarks. An inadequate draft description, cf. the poor offering of Christenhusz et al. (2017), and the Humbert (Fl. of Madagascar, 1958) treatment of Drypetes.
Economic uses, etc. Drypetes species provide edible fruits; Putranjiva roxburghii is widely cultivated as an ornamental, the seeds yield essential oil, and the bark is used medicinally.
Illustrations. • Drypetes sp. (inc. Hemicyclia), Sibangea arborescens and Putranjiva roxburghii, with Petalostigma (Picrodendraceae): Nat. Pflanzenfam. 3 (1896). • Putranjiva roxburghii: Brandis, Ill. Forest Flora of N.W. & Central India (1874). • Drypetes capuronii, D. grandiflora, D. stipulacea: Humbert, Fl. Madagascar & Comores 1 (1958). • Drypetes coriifolia, D. ambigua, D oppositifolia: Humbert, Fl. Madagascar & Comores 1 (1958). • Drypetes madagascariensis: Humbert, Fl. Madagascar & Comores 1 (1958).
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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: 5th March 2018. delta-intkey.com/angio’.