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EMPETRACEAE

CROWBERRY FAMILY

Fosiée Tahbaz

Subshrub or shrub, low, evergreen, generally dioecious
Leaves alternate, linear to oblong, stiff, deeply grooved beneath (leaf seeming rolled under)
Inflorescence: flowers solitary or few, axillary or terminal, ± sessile
Flower: perianth segments 3–6, sometimes differentiated into sepals and petals
Staminate flower: stamens 2–4
Pistillate flower: ovary superior, chambers 2–9, ovule 1 per chamber, style deeply 2–9-lobed
Fruit: drupe, dry or juicy; stones 2–9
Genera in family: 3 genera, ± 5 species: cold temperate; most cultivated as ornamental.

EMPETRUM

CROWBERRY


Flower small, inconspicuous; sepals 3; petals 3; stamens 3 per staminate flower, alternate petals
Fruit berry-like, black or red
Species in genus: ± 2 species: n&s cold temperate zones
Etymology: (Greek: on rocks, from habitat)

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