Ficus section Conosycea

Belongs within: Moraceae. Ficus section Conosycea is a group of fig species found primarily in Asia and Australasia, with two species in Madagascar. Syconia of Conosycea species generally have three basal bracts, and they are pollinated by wasps of the genera Deilagaon, Eupristina, Platyscapa, Waterstoniella and Parapristina (Berg 1989). Of banyans and stranglers Published 10… Continue reading Ficus section Conosycea

Rosales

Belongs within: Fabidae.Contains: Rhamnaceae, Elaeagnaceae, Ulmaceae, Urticaceae, Moraceae, Celtidaceae, Crataegus, Cotoneaster, Rosoideae, Spiraeoideae, Prunus, Sorbus, Pyrus. The Rosales are a clade of flowering plants uniting the Rosaceae with members of the previously recognised orders Rhamnales and Urticales. Members of the last group are commonly wind-pollinated. Cecropia, a Neotropical genus of trees with large, circular, palmately… Continue reading Rosales

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Pomaderris

Belongs within: Rhamnaceae. Pomaderris is a genus of hairy shrubs and small trees found in Australia and New Zealand. The New Zealand species P. kumeraho has historically been referred to as ‘gumdigger’s soap’ in reference to its flowers being used to form a lather in water. Characters (from Harden 1990): Shrubs or occasionally small trees;… Continue reading Pomaderris

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Urticaceae

Belongs within: Rosales.Contains: Lecantheae, Urticeae, Boehmeria. The Urticaceae, nettles and related species, are a group of herbs and shrubs (more rarely lianas or trees) found in tropical and subtropical regions. They are characterised by the production of cystoliths (calcium carbonate crystals) in the leaves. In most species, the filaments of the stamens (or staminodes) are… Continue reading Urticaceae

Alphitonia

Belongs within: Rhamnaceae. Alphitonia is an Australasian genus of trees with leaves hairy below and bearing blackish fruits. Characters (from New South Wales Flora Online): Trees; buds and young stems pubescent with brownish or rusty hairs, young stems often longitudinally ribbed. Leaves alternate, 2-ranked, dark green and glabrous above, whitish and finely tomentose below, strongly… Continue reading Alphitonia

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Celtidaceae

Belongs within: Rosales. The Celtidaceae, hackberries, are shrubs or trees with unisexual (sometimes bisexual) flowers, drupaceous fruits, a curved embryo, and the cotyledons mostly variously folded (Soepadmo 1977, as Celtideae). <==Celtidaceae [Celteae, Celtidoideae] |–Aphananthe Planch. 1848 (nom. cons.) (see below for synonymy)S77 | |–A. aspera [=Homoioceltis aspera]S77 | |–A. cuspidata (Bl.) Planch. in DC. 1873… Continue reading Celtidaceae

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Moraceae

Belongs within: Rosales.Contains: Ficus subgenus Ficus, Ficus section Oreosycea, Ficus section Conosycea, Ficus section Malvanthera. The Moraceae—mulberries, figs and related taxa—are a mostly tropical family of plants bearing compound fruits and with milky sap. Fossil species have been assigned to this family going back to the Upper Cretaceous, though the affinities of pre-Eocene taxa might… Continue reading Moraceae

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Rhamnaceae

Belongs within: Rosales.Contains: Gouania, Ziziphus, Reynosia, Condalia, Rhamnus, Ceanothus, Pomaderris, Cryptandra, Alphitonia, Colubrina. The Rhamnaceae are a family of plants with simple leaves and small flowers, in which the anthers are inserted opposite the petals (obhaplostemony). Most species are woody though the genus Crumenaria in the tribe Gouanieae is herbaceous. Other members of the Gouanieae and the… Continue reading Rhamnaceae

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Prunus

Belongs within: Rosales. Prunus is a genus of trees and shrubs native to Eurasia and North America, though several species have become distributed elsewhere through human horticulture. Members of the genus are noted for their fleshy fruits with a central stone. A number of species are significant food plants, such as P. persica (peach), P.… Continue reading Prunus

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Sorbus

Belongs within: Rosales. Sorbus, the rowans and whitebeams, is a Holarctic genus of trees and shrubs bearing clusters of white flowers and often colourful fruits. Members include the rowan or mountain ash S. aucuparia, which has pinnately compound leaves and densely hairy stem buds, and is widely distributed across the Palaearctic region. The service tree… Continue reading Sorbus

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