Hedycarya J.R. Forst. & G. Forst.

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Article from New Trees, Ross Bayton & John Grimshaw

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'Hedycarya' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/hedycarya/). Accessed 2019-12-11.

Family

  • Monimiaceae

Species in genus

Glossary

axillary
Situated in an axil.
carpel
Female reproductive organ of a flower. Composed of ovary style and stigma. Typically several carpels are fused together in each flower (syncarpous). The number of them can be of taxonomic significance; it can often be assessed by counting the stigma branches or the chambers in the fruit.
cauliflory
Production of flowers directly on the trunk and stems (as in e.g. Cercis) rather than at stem apex.
compound
Made up or consisting of two or more similar parts (e.g. a compound leaf is a leaf with several leaflets).
dentate
With evenly triangular teeth at the edge. (Cf. crenate teeth rounded; serrate teeth saw-like.)
androdioecious
With only male or only hermaphrodite flowers on individual plants.
drupe
A fleshy dehiscent or indehiscent fruit with one to several seeds each enclosed in a hard endocarp (the stone).
endemic
(of a plant or an animal) Found in a native state only within a defined region or country.
entire
With an unbroken margin.
glabrous
Lacking hairs smooth. glabrescent Becoming hairless.
pistillate
Female referring to female plants (dioecy) or flowers (monoecy) or the female parts of a hermaphrodite flower.
pubescent
Covered in hairs.
ramiflory
Production of flowers directly on the branches. Included within cauliflory. ramiflorous Exhibiting ramiflory.
receptacle
Enlarged end of a flower stalk that bears floral parts; (in some Podocarpaceae) fleshy structure bearing a seed formed by fusion of lowermost seed scales and peduncle.
staminate
Male referring to male plants (dioecy) or flowers (monoecy) or the male parts of a hermaphrodite flower.

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Credits

Article from New Trees, Ross Bayton & John Grimshaw

Recommended citation
'Hedycarya' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/hedycarya/). Accessed 2019-12-11.

Hedycarya comprises about 12 species, most of which are endemic to New Caledonia. Hedycarya arborea, however, is endemic to New Zealand, and there is one species in Australia (H. angustifolia A. Cunn.) and one on the Pacific Islands of Fiji, Samoa and Vanuatu (H. dorstenioides A. Gray). Of these, only H. arborea is cultivated in our area. Hedycarya species are dioecious trees or shrubs with opposite or subopposite, entire or dentate leaves. Inflorescences are paniculate and include one to many flowers; they may be solitary or clustered, axillary or terminal, and can be produced on the major branches (ramiflory) or the main stem (cauliflory). The flowers are rather small, with a cup-shaped receptacle and insignificant tepals; staminate flowers have approximately 15 stamens inserted into a glabrous receptacle; the receptacle of pistillate flowers is pubescent inside and contains 5–60 carpels. Each ripe carpel is drupe-like, and they may be entirely free or may fuse together to form a compound fruit (Jérémie 1978).

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