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Key to families | Table of families and genera
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Shrub, tree; monoecious.
Stem: trunk < 35 m; bark smooth to scaly, peeling in thin layers or not, lenticels present or not.
Leaf: simple, alternate, petioled, deciduous; stipules deciduous; blade ovate to elliptic, generally serrate, generally ± doubly so.
Inflorescence: catkin, generally appearing before leaves, often clustered; bracts each subtending 2–3 flowers, 3–6 bractlets.
Staminate inflorescence: pendent, ± elongate.
Pistillate inflorescence: pendent or erect, developing variously in fruit (see key to genera).
Staminate flower: sepals 0–4, minute; petals 0; stamens 1–10; pistil vestigial or 0.
Pistillate flower: sepals 0–4; petals 0; stamens 0; pistil 1, ovary inferior or superior, chambers 2, each 1-ovuled by abortion, stigmas 2.
Fruit: achene, nut, winged or not, subtended or enclosed by 1–2 bracts.
6 genera, 155 species: generally n hemisphere; some cultivated. [Furlow 1997 FNANM 3:507–538] —Scientific Editor: Thomas J. Rosatti.
1. Lf base oblique-cordate; fruits 1–2 per catkin, not winged, each enclosed in a papery involucre of 2 fused bracts; pistillate calyx present, ovary inferior ..... CORYLUS
1' Lf base subcordate, rounded, ± truncate, or tapered; fruits many per catkin, winged, each subtended but not enclosed by 1 bract; pistillate calyx 0, ovary superior
2. Pistillate catkin cone-like, with woody bracts remaining attached after fruit release ..... ALNUS
2' Pistillate catkin not cone-like, with papery, lobed bracts released with but not attached to fruit ..... BETULA
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