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This text currently parallels The Jepson Manual: Vascular Plants of California, Second Edition that is now available at the University of California Press.
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[Perennial] shrub, [ vine] tree, generally with milky juice; monoecious or dioecious.
Leaf: alternate [ opposite], petioled, generally simple, entire to lobed, evergreen or deciduous; stipules present.
Inflorescence: raceme, spike, head, or flowers enclosed in thick receptacle, axillary.
Flower: unisexual or bisexual, small, ± radial; sepals generally 4, free or fused at base; petals 0; stamens generally 4, opposite sepals; ovary generally superior, 1-chambered, style simple or 2-parted.
Fruit: achenes many within fleshy calyces or surrounded by fleshy inflorescence receptacle.
37 genera, 1100 species: tropics, subtrop, some temperate; many cultivated (Ficus, fig; Artocarpus, breadfruit, jackfruit; Morus, mulberry). Insect- or wind-pollinated. —Scientific Editors: Douglas H. Goldman, Bruce G. Baldwin.
1. Lvs pinnately veined, entire; stem axils generally with 1 stout thorn to 3 cm; fruit 9–15 cm, spheric ..... MACLURA
1' Lvs palmately 3–5-veined, lobed or not, toothed; stems unarmed; fruit 1–8 cm, obovoid to short-cylindric or ± spheric.
2. Lf blade 11–32 cm, 13–37 cm wide, petiole 4–12 cm; fruit not lobed, surface not segmented; buds inside conic stipules; stipule scar encircling stem ..... FICUS
2' Lf blade 5–16 cm, 3–16 cm wide, petiole 1–4 cm; fruit lobed, segmented; buds scaly; stipule scars obscure, not encircling stem ..... MORUS
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