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Jepson Interchange (more information)
©Copyright 1993 by the Regents of the University of California
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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 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 ).
Leaf large, deciduous, petioled
Inflorescence: panicle; flowers many
Flower white or purple; sepals generally 5; petals generally 5; filament tube 1012-lobed at tip (lobes sometimes further divided), anthers 1012; pistil surrounded by, ± = filament tube, ovary chambers 58, style ± as wide as ovary and stigma
Species in genus: ± 10 species: tropical Asia, Australia
Etymology: (Greek: ash tree, from leaf shape)
Tree, < 10 m
Stem: branches broadly spreading; bark furrowed
Leaf: 1° leaflets ± 59; 2° leaflets generally 57 per 1° leaflet, 2.55 cm, ovate to lanceolate, toothed
Flower: ± purple, fragrant; sepals ± 23 mm; petals ± 5 mm, oblong; filament tube ± 5 mm
Fruit 1015 mm, spheric, yellow
Seed 1, bony
Ecology: Uncommon. Disturbed places, sometimes persisting near abandoned habitations
Elevation: < 200 m.
Bioregional distribution: San Joaquin Valley, South Coast
Distribution outside California: native to se Asia, n Australia
Fast-growing, used in reforestation; fruit pulp mildly toxic; seeds used for beads.
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