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LAURACEAE

LAUREL FAMILY

William J. Stone

Shrub, tree, generally evergreen, aromatic, rarely dioecious
Leaves generally alternate, simple; surface with small pits or depressions; stipules 0
Inflorescence: panicle, raceme, umbel, rarely flowers solitary
Flower bi- or unisexual, generally yellow or greenish; calyx deeply 4–6-lobed, segments in 2 series; petals 0; stamens in 3–4 whorls of 3 each, some sterile, anthers 4-celled, opening by uplifting valves; pistil 1, simple, ovary generally superior, chamber 1, ovule 1, style 1
Fruit: berry or drupe
Genera in family: ± 45 genera, ± 2200 species: widely distributed in tropical, less so in temp; some cultivated (Laurus , laurel, bay, Persea , avocado, Cinnamomum , cinnamon, camphor, ).
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