|Jepson Flora Project: Jepson Interchange|
|TREATMENT FROM THE JEPSON MANUAL (1993)||
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Jepson Interchange (more information)
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Shrub, tree (rarely perennial herb); wood hard, often aromaticRetrieve key for MELIACEAE
Leaves generally alternate, often clustered near stem tips, generally 2-pinnate; stipules 0
Inflorescence: panicle, raceme, or umbel
Flower generally bisexual, radial; sepals generally 35, sometimes fused at base; petals generally 35, ± free (sometimes slightly fused at base or to filament tube); stamens generally 812, filaments generally fused; disk generally between stamens and ovary; ovary superior, chambers generally 25, 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 ).