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Family: ThymelaeaceaeView Description 

Habit: Shrub [herb, tree, vine], often ill-smelling, poisonous. Stem: erect, flexible, branched, generally with raised, woody leaf scars; bark fibrous, tear-resistant, often green and/or +- white, at least in patches, especially when young. Leaf: simple, alternate [opposite, +- whorled], pinnately veined, entire, petioled; stipules +- 0. Inflorescence: axillary cluster [umbel, spike, raceme, or flowers 1]. Flower: bisexual [not], [3]4[6]-parted; hypanthium tubular or funnel- to bell-shaped, corolla-like; calyx lobes overlapped or not, or +- 0; petals small, alternate sepals; stamens [2,4]8[many]; disk generally present; ovary superior [1/2-inferior], 1-chambered, 1-ovuled, style 1, stigma dot-like. Fruit: berry [capsule]. Seed: 1.
Genera In Family: +- 50 genera, 750 species: worldwide, especially Australia, tropical Africa; some cultivated (Daphne, Edgeworthia), weedy (Thymelaea).
eFlora Treatment Author: Lorin I. Nevling, Jr. & Kerry Barringer
Scientific Editor: Thomas J. Rosatti.

Leaf: deciduous; broad-ovate to obovate; petioles covering buds. Inflorescence: nodding. Flower: open with or before leaves; calyx lobes short; petals minute, +- scale-like, included, forming a ring; filaments +- = style, exserted. Fruit: fleshy.
Species In Genus: 4 species: temperate North America, Mexico. Etymology: (Greek: name from mythology)
eFlora Treatment Author: Lorin I. Nevling, Jr. & Kerry Barringer
Reference: Nesom & Mayfield 1995 Sida 56:21--42
Unabridged Reference: Johnson 1994 Four Seasons 9(4):38--41; McMinn & Forderhase 1935 Madroño 3:117--120; Vogelman 1953 Asa Gray Bull II 2:77--82
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Citation for this treatment: Lorin I. Nevling, Jr. & Kerry Barringer 2012, Dirca, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on July 15, 2018.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2018, Jepson eFlora,, accessed on July 15, 2018.