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Perennial herb to tree [vine], hairs 0 or peltate or not; rarely dioecious. Leaf: simple to odd-pinnately compound, alternate or generally opposite, deciduous or evergreen; stipules 0. Inflorescence: various; flowers >= 1. Flower: generally bisexual, generally radial; calyx generally minute (0), tube cup-shaped, lobes 4–15; petals (0)4–6(8), generally fused; nectar disk often present; stamens (0)2(4–5), epipetalous; pistil 1, ovary superior, chambers 2, each 2–4 ovuled, placenta axile, style 1, stigma generally 2-lobed. Fruit: drupe, capsule, or winged achene. Seed: 1 per chamber.
± 25 genera, 900 species: ± worldwide; some cultivated for ornamental (Forsythia; Jasminum, jasmine; Ligustrum, privet; Syringa, lilac) or food (Olea, olive). [Lee et al. 2007 Molec Biol Evol 24:1161–1180] —Scientific Editor: Bruce G. Baldwin.
Unabridged references: [Jensen et al. 2002 Phytochemisty 60:213–231; Kim & Jansen 1998 Amer J Bot 85(6): Suppl. 139; Wallander & Albert 2000 Amer J Bot 87(12):1827–1841]
Key to Oleaceae
Shrub or tree; generally dioecious, often bisexual (in California). Stem: older bark smooth or becoming furrowed, generally gray; lenticels broadly elliptic; twigs cylindric to 4-angled, glabrous to hairy; developing short-shoot spurs. Leaf: simple or generally odd-pinnate, opposite, deciduous; petioles channeled, occasionally winged, hairy or not; if compound, leaflets (1)3–9, lanceolate to ovate or obovate, generally acute to acuminate at tip, entire or ± crenate-serrate, generally dark green adaxially, pale abaxially, thin to ± leathery in drier habitats, generally glabrous or with simple hairs abaxially or throughout, proximal opposite on rachis, stalked or not, terminal generally largest, stalk longer. Inflorescence: axillary, of clusters or long-branched panicles; flowers pedicelled. Flower: unisexual or bisexual; calyx 1–2 mm, shallowly ± 4-lobed to cut, persistent on fruit; petals 0, 2, or 4, free or fused to basal filaments. Staminate flower: stamens 2(3); pistil vestigial. Pistillate flower: stamens 0; style slender; ovules 2 per chamber. Fruit: achenes, winged, wings generally flat, extending to tip or base of seed-containing chamber. Seed: generally 1.Key to Fraxinus
± 65 species: temperate. North America, Eurasia, tropical Asia. (Latin: ancient name) [Little 1952 J Washington Acad Sci 42:369–380; Miller 1955 Cornell Univ Agric Exp Sta Mem 335:1–64] Fraxinus uhdei (Wenzig) Lingelsheim, Mexican ash, cultivated in western United States; similar to Fraxinus velutina, with ± larger leaves and leaflets, generally with stiff hairs to 0.5 mm bordering abaxial midvein and occasionally 2° veins abaxially (as occasionally in Fraxinus velutina), and ± larger fruit, but margins tapered to near base of fruit body; native northern Mexico to Honduras.
Shrub to small tree, 1.5–3(6) m. Stem: older stem bark gray, smooth; twigs cylindric to 4-angled, gray; buds ± glandular-puberulent. Leaf: compound, 7–18 cm, 5–9(11) cm wide; petiole 2.4–4.5 cm; leaflets (3)5–7(9), 2–4.5 cm, 1–2.5 cm wide, ovate to ± rounded, tapered at base, obtuse to ± rounded at tip, generally serrate-crenate, generally thin, glabrous, dark green adaxially, pale abaxially. Inflorescence: 8–15 cm. Flower: generally bisexual; calyx 1.2–2 mm, ± toothed, thin, green; petals 2, 3.5–6.5 mm, 1.3–3 mm wide, oblong-ovate, cream-white, ± cupped, narrowed and fused with filaments at base (rarely forming basal tube); anthers 2.4–4.2 mm; filaments 0.8–2.8 mm; stigmas ± < style. Fruit: 20–32 mm, 5–9 mm wide; body broadly oblanceolate, flat, broadly winged to near base; fruit pedicel tip slender.
2n=46. Canyons, slopes, chaparral, oak/pine woodland; 100–1300 m. North Coast Ranges, Cascade Range Foothills, Sierra Nevada Foothills, c&s Sierra Nevada, Central Western California, Transverse Ranges, Peninsular Ranges. Apr–Jun [Online Interchange]
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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 17 2014
Citation for this treatment: [Author of taxon treatment] 2012. Fraxinus, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=26100, accessed on Apr 17 2014
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