The families of flowering plants
Habit and leaf form. Trees; non-laticiferous. Leaves large; alternate; petiolate; non-sheathing; simple. Lamina entire; obovate (-spathulate); pinnately veined; cross-venulate; attenuate to the base. Leaves stipulate. Stipules intrapetiolar; concrescent (the two together forming a short, subentire to bifid scale). Lamina margins remotely dentate.
Leaf anatomy. Stomata present; anomocytic. Adaxial hypodermis present (mucilaginous). The mesophyll containing mucilage cells (in addition to the hypodermis); without sclerenchymatous idioblasts.
Axial (stem, wood) anatomy. Secretory cavities present (in the cortex and pith); with mucilage. Internal phloem absent. Cortical bundles present (? these implied by Metcalfe and Chalk). Secondary thickening developing from a conventional cambial ring.
The vessel end-walls scalariform, or scalariform and simple (?). The axial xylem with tracheids.
Reproductive type, pollination. Plants hermaphrodite.
Inflorescence, floral, fruit and seed morphology. Flowers solitary; axillary (short-pedicellate); regular; partially acyclic. The perianth acyclic (the calyx spirally arranged). Free hypanthium absent. Hypogynous disk present; extrastaminal; annular (thick, sinuous, 10-lobed).
Perianth with distinct calyx and corolla; 13–15; consisting of spiralled calyx and whorled corolla. Calyx 8–10; spiralled; polysepalous (the leathery sepals increasing in size acropetally); persistent (below the fruit); closely imbricate. Corolla 5; 1 whorled; polypetalous; imbricate; rather fleshy. Petals sessile.
Androecium 10. Androecial members free of the perianth; all equal; free of one another; 1 whorled. Androecium exclusively of fertile stamens. Stamens 10; diplostemonous; both alternating with and opposite the corolla members; filantherous (the filaments stout, subulate). Anthers dorsifixed (oblong, subsagittate); versatile; dehiscing via longitudinal slits (?); introrse. Pollen grains aperturate; 3(–4) aperturate; colporate.
Gynoecium 5 carpelled. Carpels isomerous with the perianth. The pistil 5 celled. Gynoecium syncarpous; eu-syncarpous; superior. Ovary 5 locular (ten ribbed); sessile. Gynoecium stylate. Styles 1; attenuate from the ovary; apical (subulate); about as long as the ovary to much longer than the ovary. Stigmas 1; small, capitate. Placentation axile. Ovules 2 per locule; pendulous; superposed; embryology not recorded.
Fruit fleshy to non-fleshy; globose, indehiscent; capsular-indehiscent, or a berry (baccate, corky-woody when dry, 56 cm across). Seeds endospermic (the endosperm fleshy); trigonous, with a broad, winglike, opaque hilum. Embryo well differentiated. Cotyledons 2 (subelliptic). Embryo axile.
Physiology, phytochemistry. Aluminium accumulation not found.
Geography, cytology. Paleotropical. Tropical. New Caledonia.
Taxonomy. Subclass Dicotyledonae; Crassinucelli (?). Dahlgrens Superorder Theiflorae (?); Theales (?). Cronquists Subclass Dilleniidae; Theales. APG III core angiosperms; core eudicot; Superorder Rosanae; malvid. APG IV Order Crossosomatales.
Species 1. Genera 1; only genus, Strasburgeria (S. robusta).
Illustrations. • Strasburgeria robusta: Hutchinson.
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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: 20th February 2018. delta-intkey.com/angio’.