Sapotales

Belongs within: Ericales.Contains: Diospyros, Sideroxyloideae. The name Sapotales is used here for a proposed grouping of Ebenaceae and Sapotaceae, as recognised by Thorne (2000), though these families are included by recent authors in the Ericales. As such, it is a pantropical group of trees and shrubs, with leaves usually alternate in Sapotaceae and opposite in… Continue reading Sapotales

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Primulales

Belongs within: Ericales.Contains: Primula, Androsace, Dodecatheon, Lysimachia, Myrsine, Ardisia. Though its members have been included by recent classifications in the Ericales, the name ‘Primulales’ is used here for a clade containing the Primulaceae and Myrsinaceae. Members of the clade usually have spirally arranged leaves, and sympetalous flowers with stamens borne opposite to petals (www.mobot.org). Species… Continue reading Primulales

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Styphelieae

Belongs within: Styphelioideae. The Styphelieae are a group of ericaceous shrubs with fleshy fruits. In the Australasian genus Pentachondra, the fruits are divided into usually five separate pyrenes whereas fruits of most other genera are five-loculed with a bony endocarp. Cyathodes have flower pedicels bearing many, more or less persistent bracts and a corolla that… Continue reading Styphelieae

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Styphelioideae

Belongs within: Ericaceae.Contains: Styphelieae, Richeeae. The Styphelioideae are a clade of heath-like plants previously recognised as the family Epacridaceae but now regarded as a derived subgroup of the Ericaceae. Styphelioids are distinguished by their lignified leaf cells, known elsewhere among the Ericaceae only for the Lyonieae. In members of the tribes Styphelieae and Oligarrheneae within… Continue reading Styphelioideae

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Impatiens

Belongs within: Ericales. Impatiens, busy Lizzies, is a genus of usually fleshy-stemmed plants found in Eurasia and North America that bear fleshy fruits that dehisce explosively when touched to scatter seeds. Characters (from Flora of China): Annual or perennial herbs (rarely epiphytic or subshrubs). Stems usually succulent. Leaves simple. Flowers bisexual, protandrous, zygomorphic. Petals 5,… Continue reading Impatiens

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Primula

Belongs within: Primulales. Primula, the primroses, is a group of perennial herbs and subshrubs found primarily in northern temperate regions (Hickman 1993). Characters (from Hickman 1993): Perennial, rhizomed, sometimes stoloned. Leaves basal or crowded on branches near ground, sessile. Inflorescence an umbel, one per scapose peduncle, terminal, subtended by bracts. Flower parts in fives; calyx… Continue reading Primula

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Polemoniaceae

Belongs within: Ericales.Contains: Phlox, Navarretia, Gilia, Linanthus, Eriastrum. The Polemoniaceae are a group of mostly herbaceous, often strong-smelling plants native to Eurasia and the Americas. The Cobaeoideae of the tropical Americas are mostly mesic vines (more rarely small trees or herbs) bearing large flowers. Characters (from Hickman 1993): Annuals, perennials, shrubs, or vines. Leaves simple… Continue reading Polemoniaceae

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Myrsine

Belongs within: Primulales. Myrsine is a widespread genus of trees and shrubs with simple leathery leaves; flowers and fruits often do not develop until after leaves are shed and so appear naked on the branches (Allan 1961). Characters (from Allan 1961). Flowers 4–5-merous, perfect to unisexual, usually in cymose fascicles, sometimes solitary. Sepals free or… Continue reading Myrsine

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Richeeae

Belongs within: Styphelioideae. The Richeeae are an Australasian group of shrubs and small trees characterised by parallel-veined leaves which leave an annular scar on the stem when shed (Kron et al. 2002). Characters (from Kron et al. 2002): Small trees with unbranched stems or much-branched shrubs. Leaves alternate, glabrous, with a few blunt teeth; leaf… Continue reading Richeeae

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Rhodoreae

Belongs within: Ericaceae. The Rhodoreae are a group of shrubs and small trees bearing more or less zygomorphic flowers, often with spots or blotches on the petals (Kron et al. 2002). Characters (from Kron et al. 2002): Shrubs or small trees. Leaves evergreen or deciduous, alternate, non-ericoid, entire to serrulate-ciliate, convolute or revolute in bud.… Continue reading Rhodoreae

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