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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
Perennial herb to shrub. Leaf: simple, opposite or alternate, sessile or short-petioled, entire to lobed, prominently 1-veined below. Inflorescence: axillary cluster or terminal compound cyme. Flower: bisexual; calyx persistent, lobes (4)5–10(12), ± linear; corolla ± rotate or funnel-shaped, lobes (4)5(8); style slender, stigma head-like, ± 2-lobed. Fruit: papery capsule, deeply 2-lobed to near base. Seed: 2–4.Key to Menodora
± 23 species: America, southern Africa. (Greek: gift of force, for sustenance provided to horses of Humboldt and Bonpland in Mexico) [Chumley 2007 Ph.D. Dissertation, Univ Texas, Austin]
Unabridged references: [Turner 1991 Phytologia 712:340–356; Steyermark 1932 Ann Missouri Bot Gard 19:87–176]
Perennial herb to subshrub, broom-like, (1.5)2–4(5) dm. Stem: 2–many from woody base, ascending to erect, angled in ×-section, ± glabrous to densely scabrous, unarmed. Leaf: basal-most 2–4 nodes opposite, becoming alternate distally, grading into alternate leaf-like bracts in inflorescence, sessile or ± petioled, (3)10–45(60) mm, linear to ovate or obovate, ± glabrous to scabrous. Inflorescence: terminal, compound cyme. Flower: calyx generally densely scabrous, lobes (4)5–10(12), (1)2.6–5(10) mm, linear; corolla opening in evening, often scented, yellow, generally red in bud, tube 3–6 mm, lobes (4)5–6, (4)5–8(10) mm, oblong or obovate; anthers yellow; stigma exserted. Fruit: circumscissile, (4)5–7(8) mm, glabrous. Seed: generally 4, 4–6 mm, obovate, generally 3-sided in ×-section, spongy; seed coat deeply netted.
2n=22,44. [Online Interchange]
Generally > 30 cm. Stem: 3–5 dm, straight, erect, ± glabrous except axils generally ± bristly; branching distally generally only in inflorescence. Leaf: linear to lance-linear, > 5 × longer than wide, generally < 2/3 internode, reduced in size approaching inflorescence, ± glabrous. Flower: calyx lobes 5–7(10).
Rocky or sandy soils, desert scrub, woodland; (400)700–2400 m. e Peninsular Ranges, e&s Mojave Desert, w Sonoran Desert; Arizona, Mexico. [Menodora scoparia A. Gray] May–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 Mar 9 2014
Citation for this treatment: [Author of taxon treatment] 2012. Menodora, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=61835, accessed on Mar 9 2014
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