Orphanidesia

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

Recommended citation
'Orphanidesia' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/orphanidesia/). Accessed 2020-12-03.

Family

  • Ericaceae

Glossary

campanulate
Bell-shaped.
corolla
The inner whorl of the perianth. Composed of free or united petals often showy.
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).
included
(botanical) Contained within another part or organ.
urceolate
Urn-shaped.

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Credits

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

Recommended citation
'Orphanidesia' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/orphanidesia/). Accessed 2020-12-03.

A genus of a single species, confined to a small area in N. W. Anatolia and bordering parts of Russia. It is very closely allied to Epigaea and should perhaps be united with it. It has been stated that the anthers in Orphanidesia open by apical pores; in fact they dehisce by longitudinal slits, exactly as in Epigaea repens. In his note accompanying the plate in the Botanical Magazine the late Dr Turrill wrote: 'The shape of the corolla seems to give the best gross morphological difference between the two genera, if they be retained as such. In Orphanidesia the corolla is widely shallow-campanulate in its upper expanded portion; in Epigaea it is more or less urn-shaped (urceolate) or salver-shaped (hypocraterimorph). Whether the two genera should best be kept distinct or be united must be left for a decision of a monographer of the family.'

From the Supplement (Vol.V)

This genus, long considered to be only doubtfully distinct from Epigaea, should certainly be included in it, as E. gaultherioides (Boiss. & Bal.) Takhtadjan.