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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.

STYRAX

SNOWDROP BUSH

Shrubs, trees
Leaves generally deciduous
Inflorescence: generally raceme, drooping
Flower: calyx truncate; corolla white, fragrant; stamens 10–16, fused at base
Fruit: generally capsule, ± spheric
Seed generally 1 per chamber
Species in genus: ± 120 species: especially se Asia; some with medicinal resins
Etymology: (Greek: name of Theophrastus for plant providing gum storax)
Reference: [Gonsoulin 1974 Sida 5:191–258]

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