Symplocos

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

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'Symplocos' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/symplocos/). Accessed 2020-11-27.

Family

  • Symplocaceae

Glossary

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.
ovary
Lowest part of the carpel containing the ovules; later developing into the fruit.
style
Generally an elongated structure arising from the ovary bearing the stigma at its tip.
actinomorphic
Radially symmetrical. Applied to flowers with multiple lines of symmetry passing through their centre (e.g. Malus). (Cf. zygomorphic.)
adnate
Fused with a different part by having grown together. (Cf. connate.)
alternate
Attached singly along the axis not in pairs or whorls.
berry
Fleshy indehiscent fruit with seed(s) immersed in pulp.
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).
simple
(of a leaf) Unlobed or undivided.

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Credits

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

Recommended citation
'Symplocos' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/symplocos/). Accessed 2020-11-27.

A genus of about 350 species of trees and shrubs in the tropics and subtropics of America, Asia, Australia and Polynesia, a few extending into temperate regions. Leaves alternate, simple, without stipules. Flowers in panicles, racemes or clusters. Calyx four- or five lobed. Corolla actinomorphic, more or less deeply divided into mostly five to ten lobes. Stamens four to many, usually arranged in fascicles and more or less adnate to the corolla. Ovary inferior or semi-inferior with two to five chambers. Style one, with up to five stigmas. Fruit a drupe or a berry. Symplocos is the largest genus in the small family Symplocaceae and in some interpretations its sole member. It was placed in Styracaceae by Bentham and Hooker and is still considered to be allied to that family by some authorities. According to others it is near to the Theaceae.