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Key to families | Table of families and genera
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Leaf: generally opposite or whorled; base, tip generally tapered.
Inflorescence: head-like cyme subtended by showy bracts, open cyme not subtended by bracts, or umbel subtended by non-showy bracts.
Fruit: stone 1–2-chambered.
± 50 species: n temperate, rare s hemisphere; many cultivated as ornamental, some for fall color; some fruit used for jam, syrup. (Latin: horn, from the hard wood) [Murrell 1993 Syst Bot 18:469–495] Divided by some into 6 or more genera.
1. Infl open, not head- or umbel-like, generally appearing with or after leaves, not subtended by bracts
2. Lf blade generally 2–5 cm, veins 3–4 pairs ..... C. glabrata
2' Lf blade generally 5–10 cm, veins 4–7 pairs ..... C. sericea
3. Lf generally dense-rough-hairy abaxially; petals 3–4.5 mm; stone generally 3-ridged on faces ..... subsp. occidentalis
3' Lf generally ± glabrous to strigose abaxially; petals 2–3 mm; stone generally smooth on faces ..... subsp. sericea
1' Infl head- or umbel-like, generally appearing before leaves, subtended by 4–7 showy or ± non-showy bracts
4. Infl bracts 4, ± not showy, ± brown, generally with yellow margins, ephemeral ..... C. sessilis
4' Infl bracts 4–7, showy, ± white, persistent
5. Perennial, rhizomed; inflorescence bracts 4, 0.8–1.6 cm; fruit ± 8 mm, spheric ..... C. canadensis
5' Shrub, tree, not rhizomed; inflorescence bracts 4–7, 4–6 cm; fruit 10–15 mm, elliptic ..... C. nuttallii
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