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Key to families | Table of families and genera
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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[Subshrub, shrub], tree, evergreen; dioecious ( monoecious), or flowers bisexual.
Stem: erect [subterranean, creeping, climbing], slender to massive, smooth or covered with fibrous or prickly remains of leaf bases.
Leaf: palmately or pinnately dissected or compound, alternate, forming a terminal crown; base sheathing; petiole generally long; blade including leaflets folded lengthwise.
Inflorescence: panicle ( spike), axillary; peduncle sheathed by 1+ large bracts; flowers many, generally ± sessile.
Flower: generally small, ± radial; sepals, petals each generally 3, similar or not, fused at base or free; stamens generally 6; pistils 1, compound, or 3, simple, ovaries superior, if 1, generally 3-chambered, styles free or fused.
Fruit: generally a drupe, fleshy or dry.
Seed: generally 1.
1914 genera, 2500 species: tropics, subtrop. [Zona 2000 FNANM 22:95–123] Cult worldwide for food, ornamental, building material. —Scientific Editor: Bruce G. Baldwin.
Unabridged references: [Uhl & Dransfield 1987 Genera Palmarum; Zona 2000 FNANM 22:95–123]
1. Lf segments loosely arching to drooping, tent-like, margins folded downward; petioles generally unarmed, bases not persisting ..... [SYAGRUS]
1' Lf segments stiffly spreading, V-shaped, margins folded upward; petioles generally armed, bases persisting on trunk
2. Lf blade pinnate, elongate; petioles not split at base; dioecious ..... PHOENIX
2' Lf blade ± palmate, rounded; petioles split at base; flower bisexual ..... WASHINGTONIA
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