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SIMMONDSIACEAE

JOJOBA FAMILY

William J. Stone

Shrub, evergreen, dioecious, much-branched, unusual secondary growth
Stem: bark smooth
Leaves opposite, simple, small, leathery; base jointed; stipules 0
Inflorescence: staminate flowers in axillary clusters; pistillate flowers generally solitary
Flower: small, radial; sepals generally 5, overlapping, becoming larger in female, disk 0; corolla 0; stamens 8–12, free, anthers elongate with longitudinal slits; ovary superior, chambers 3, styles 3, stigmas long, feathery
Fruit: capsule, loculicidal
Seed 1
Genera in family: 1 genus: sw US, Mex. Sometimes placed in Buxaceae.

SIMMONDSIA

JOJOBA, GOAT-NUT, PIG-NUT


Species in genus: 1 sp
Etymology: (F.W. Simmonds, English botanist, died exploring Trinidad in 1804)

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