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SIMMONDSIACEAE JOJOBA FAMILY

Robert E. Preston & William J. Stone

Shrub, evergreen, much-branched; dioecious. Stem: bark smooth. Leaf: opposite, simple, leathery; base jointed; stipules 0. Inflorescence: staminate flowers in axillary clusters, pistillate generally 1. Flower: small, radial; sepals generally 5, overlapped, becoming larger in pistillate, disk 0; corolla 0; stamens 8–12, free, anthers elongate with longitudinal slits; ovary superior, chambers 3, styles 3, stigmas long, ± not persistent in fruit. Fruit: capsule, loculicidal. Seed: 1.
1 genus, 1 sp.: southwestern United States, Mexico. [Carlquist 2002 Madroño 49:158–164] Recently shown (e.g., Carlquist 2002) to be not closely related to Buxaceae, in which it was sometimes placed; 2° growth unusual, produced by successive cambia. —Scientific Editor: Thomas J. Rosatti.

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Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2013. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on Apr 21 2014
Citation for this treatment: [Author of taxon treatment] 2012. Simmondsiaceae, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=257, accessed on Apr 21 2014

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