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Robert E. Preston & Charles F. Quibell

Perennial herb to small tree or vine. Stem: < 3 m, generally erect; bark generally peeling as thin sheets or narrow strips. Leaf: generally simple, opposite, deciduous or not, ± hairy; stipules 0; blade ± round to narrowly elliptic, entire or toothed. Inflorescence: cyme, raceme, panicle, or flower 1, terminal or axillary, generally bracted. Flower: bisexual, radial, flowers on inflorescence margins occasionally sterile and enlarged; sepals 4–10, free or fused at base, spreading or erect; petals 4–7, free, ± round to narrowly elliptic; stamens 8–12 in 2 whorls or many and clustered, filament base linear or wide and flat; pistil 1, ovary superior to inferior, chambers 2–8, ovules 1–2 or many per chamber, placentas axile or parietal, styles 1–8, free or fused at base. Fruit: capsule, loculicidal or septicidal; styles persistent or not. Seed: generally many, small to minute, oblong to fusiform, winged or not.
18 genera, ± 250 species: generally temperate, subtropical northern hemisphere; some cultivated for ornamental (Carpenteria, Hydrangea, Philadelphus). [Hufford et al. 2001 Int J Plant Sci 162:835–846] Philadelphaceae in TJM (1993). —Scientific Editors: Douglas H. Goldman, Bruce G. Baldwin.
Unabridged references: [Hufford 1997 Int J Plant Sci 158:652–672; Soltis et al. 1995 Amer J Bot 82:504–514]

Key to Hydrangeaceae

1. Flowers < 8 mm wide, odorless; sepals 1.5–2 mm, ± deciduous; petals 3–6 mm

2. Leaf blade 8–16 mm, 3–6 mm wide; fruit ± cylindric, styles persistent; trunk or main stem erect; White and Inyo Mountains, Desert Mountains ..... FENDLERELLA

2' Leaf blade 15–40 mm, 10–30 mm wide; fruit spheric, styles deciduous; main stem prostrate; coastal mtns ..... WHIPPLEA

1' Flowers >= 10 mm wide, fragrant; sepals 3–10 mm, persistent; petals 5–25 mm

3. Stamens 10, alternating long and short; filament base wide, flat; stigma terminal, < 0.5 mm ..... JAMESIA

3' Stamens > 20, ± equal, filament base ± linear; stigma linear along style branches, > 1 mm

4. Flowers 3–6 cm wide; leaves 1-veined from base, persistent, leathery; ovary ± superior; petals ± round; c&s Sierra Nevada Foothills (Fresno Co.) ..... CARPENTERIA

4' Flowers 1–3 cm wide; leaves 3-veined from base, deciduous; ovary 1/2 to completely inferior; petals oblong to elliptic ..... PHILADELPHUS


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