Vitellariopsis Baill. ex Dubard
  • Ann. Mus. Colon. Marseille, sér. 3, 3: 44. 1915.


Cite taxon page as 'WFO (2021): Vitellariopsis Baill. ex Dubard. Published on the Internet;http://www.worldfloraonline.org/taxon/wfo-4000040358. Accessed on: 24 Oct 2021'

Morphology

Corolla of 8 members fused at the base into a short tube, each member comprising a median and two lateral segments.

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    Sepals 8, in two dissimilar whorls of 4, shortly united at base.

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    Flowers borne in axils of current leaves, pedicelled.

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    Fruit baccate, dryish, 1 (few)–seeded.

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    Ovary densely hairy, 8–locular; style slender.

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    Staminodes alternating with stamens, triangular, dorsally and marginally pilose, bent inwards to form a cone sheathing the style.

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    Shrubs and trees, with leaves crowded at tips of branches.

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    Stamens 8, opposed to median segments; anthers extrorse.

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    Leaves stipulate, stipules persistent or caducous; vein reticulation characteristically fine and tessellate.

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    Seed ellipsoid, with large hilum occupying up to half the seed surface; testa crustaceous, dull; endosperm absent, cotyledons fleshy.

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    Corolla of 8 members fused at base into a short tube, each member usually divided again into three segments

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    Sepals 8, arranged in two dissimilar whorls of 4, slightly fused at base, densely pubescent externally

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    Flowers clustered in current leaf axils, usually several per axil, long-pedicellate

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    Seeds large, ± ovoid to subglobose, but frequently flattened on one side in fruits having more than one seed; scar large and covering up to half seed surface; endosperm absent; cotyledons plano-convex and occupying the whole of the seed.

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    Fruit baccate, dryish and coriaceous, 1-few-seeded

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    Ovary densely hairy, 8-locular; ovules solitary

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    Stamens 8, alternating with 8 broad entire staminodes

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    Leaves terminal and crowded at shoot apices

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    Shrubs or small trees

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    Leaf-lamina elliptic to obovate or oblanceolate, coriaceous, glabrous or ± puberulous especially when young; midrib and lateral nerves raised, primary lateral nerves ascending, secondary nerves inconspicuous, venation reticulate

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    Stipules present, sometimes persistent and bristle-like

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