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MELIACEAE

MAHOGANY FAMILY

Elizabeth McClintock

Shrub, tree (rarely perennial herb); wood hard, often aromatic
Leaves generally alternate, often clustered near stem tips, generally 2-pinnate; stipules 0
Inflorescence: panicle, raceme, or umbel
Flower generally bisexual, radial; sepals generally 3–5, sometimes fused at base; petals generally 3–5, ± free (sometimes slightly fused at base or to filament tube); stamens generally 8–12, filaments generally fused; disk generally between stamens and ovary; ovary superior, chambers generally 2–5, placentas axile, style generally 1, stigma generally head-like, lobed
Fruit: generally drupe
Seeds many, often winged or with an aril
Genera in family: ± 50 genera, 550 species: tropical, subtropical (some temp). Timber crops, including mahogany (Swietenia ).
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