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MELIACEAE MAHOGANY FAMILY

Robert E. Preston & Elizabeth McClintock

[(Perennial herb), shrub] or tree; wood hard, often aromatic. Leaf: generally alternate, often clustered near stem tips, generally odd-2-pinnate, bases generally swollen; stipules 0. Inflorescence: panicle [raceme or umbel]. Flower: generally bisexual, radial; sepals generally 3–5, fused at base or not; petals generally 3–5, free [or ± fused at base or to filament tube]; stamens generally 8–12, filaments generally fused; disk generally between stamens and ovary; ovary superior, chambers generally 2–5, placentas axile, style generally 1, stigma generally head-like, lobed. Fruit: generally drupe. Seed: many, often winged or with an aril.
± 50 genera, ± 550 species: tropics, subtropics (some temperate). Timber, including mahogany (Swietenia). [Muellner et al. 2006 Molec Phylogen Evol 40:236–250] —Scientific Editor: Thomas J. Rosatti.
Unabridged references: [Pennington & Styles 1975 Blumea 22:419–540; Muellner et al. 2003 Amer J Bot 90:471–480]

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Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2013. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on Oct 25 2014
Citation for this treatment: [Author of taxon treatment] 2013. Meliaceae, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=188, accessed on Oct 25 2014

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