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THYMELAEACEAE

MEZEREUM FAMILY

Robert J. Berman

Shrubs, trees
Stem extremely pliable; bark smooth, leather-like
Leaves simple, alternate or opposite; stipules 0; blade entire
Inflorescence: cluster, raceme, umbel, or flower solitary
Flower bisexual; calyx corolla-like, shallowly 4-lobed; corolla 0 or inconspicuous; stamens 4 and alternate calyx lobes or 8, inserted on calyx; disk-like nectary often present; pistil 1, ovary superior, chamber 1, ovule 1
Fruit: drupe or nut
Genera in family: 50 genera, 500 species: worldwide, especially Australia, tropical Africa. Some cultivated (Daphne ).
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