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STYRACACEAE

STORAX FAMILY

James R. Shevock

Shrubs, small trees, often stellate- or peltate-hairy; bark resinous
Leaves simple, alternate, generally entire; stipules 0
Inflorescence: panicle, raceme, cyme, or flowers solitary
Flower generally bisexual, radial, generally showy, fragrant; sepals 4–5, fused, persistent; petals 2–5(7), fused below, tube short; stamens generally 2–4 X petal number, generally epipetalous in 1 series; ovary superior or inferior, chambers 2–5
Fruit: generally capsule or drupe
Seeds generally 1–2 per chamber
Genera in family: ± 10 genera, ± 150 species: e&w US to South America; also in Medit, e Asia; some cultivated as ornamental (Styrax, Halesia ); some bark resins are medicinal.
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