Leitneria

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Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

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'Leitneria' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/leitneria/). Accessed 2020-10-24.

Family

  • Leitneriaceae

Species in genus

Glossary

bract
Reduced leaf often subtending flower or inflorescence.
calyx
(pl. calyces) Outer whorl of the perianth. Composed of several sepals.
corolla
The inner whorl of the perianth. Composed of free or united petals often showy.
drupe
A fleshy dehiscent or indehiscent fruit with one to several seeds each enclosed in a hard endocarp (the stone).
family
A group of genera more closely related to each other than to genera in other families. Names of families are identified by the suffix ‘-aceae’ (e.g. Myrtaceae) with a few traditional exceptions (e.g. Leguminosae).
inflorescence
Flower-bearing part of a plant; arrangement of flowers on the floral axis.
pistillate
Female referring to female plants (dioecy) or flowers (monoecy) or the female parts of a hermaphrodite flower.
staminate
Male referring to male plants (dioecy) or flowers (monoecy) or the male parts of a hermaphrodite flower.
style
Generally an elongated structure arising from the ovary bearing the stigma at its tip.

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Credits

Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

Recommended citation
'Leitneria' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/leitneria/). Accessed 2020-10-24.

The species described below is of botanical interest as the sole member of the family Leitneriaceae, the taxonomic position of which is controversial. In most classifications it is given the rank of an Order – the Leitneriales – which is placed near to the Salicales (Populus and Salix) and the Myricales (Myrica). The staminate catkins consist of numerous bracts, each of which subtends a cluster of three to twelve stamens; corolla and calyx absent. In the pistillate catkins most of the bracts subtend a female ‘flower’ (perhaps a reduced inflorescence) consisting of a pistil surrounded by secondary bracts and bract-like sepals and surmounted by a single style. Fruit a leathery drupe.

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