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THYMELAEACEAE DAPHNE FAMILY

Lorin I. Nevling, Jr. & Kerry Barringer

Shrub [herb, tree, vine], often ill-smelling, poisonous. Stem: erect, flexible, branched, generally with raised, woody leaf scars; bark fibrous, tear-resistant, often green and/or ± white, at least in patches, especially when young. Leaf: simple, alternate [opposite, ± whorled], pinnately veined, entire, petioled; stipules ± 0. Inflorescence: axillary cluster [umbel, spike, raceme, or flowers 1]. Flower: bisexual [not], [3]4[6]-parted; hypanthium tubular or funnel- to bell-shaped, corolla-like; calyx lobes overlapped or not, or ± 0; petals small, alternate sepals; stamens [2,4]8[many]; disk generally present; ovary superior [1/2-inferior], 1-loculed, 1-ovuled, style 1, stigma dot-like. Fruit: berry [capsule]. Seed: 1.
± 50 genera, 750 species: worldwide, especially Australia, tropical Africa; some cultivated (Daphne, Edgeworthia), weedy (Thymelaea). [Van der Bank et al. 2002 Taxon 51:329–339] —Scientific Editor: Thomas J. Rosatti.
Unabridged references: [Van der Bank, M., Fay, M. F., & Chase, M. W. 2002. Molecular phylogenetics of Thymelaeaceae with particular reference to African and Australian genera. Taxon 51: 329–339]

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Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2013. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on Sep 2 2014
Citation for this treatment: [Author of taxon treatment] 2013. Thymelaeaceae, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=272, accessed on Sep 2 2014

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