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Family :

THEACEAE

Division :

Angiosperm

Genus of this Family

Description


Trees or shrubs, rarely climbers. Leaves simple, alternate, rarely opposite, entire or often serrate. Flowers axillary or extra-axillary, rarely lateral or terminal, solitary or in fascicles, regular, bisexual, rarely unisexual. Sepals 5, rarely 4-7, free or connate, imbricate, often unequal, persistent. Petals 5, rarely 4-9, free or often slightly connate below, imbricate. Stamens many, free or shortly connate at base. Ovary superior, sessile, usually 3-5 or rarely 1-10 loculed, ovules 2 to many in each locule, rarely solitary, styles 2-5, free or partly united, stigmas usually small, capitate or entire. Fruit a capsule or berry. Seeds small, few or many.

Key to the Genus

Serial Key Reference
1a. Flowers small, dioecious; fruits small, indehiscent; stamens few (15 or fewer); peduncled 1-flowered; anthers basifixed Eurya
1b. Flowers conspicuous, hermaphrodite; fruits medium, dehiscent; stamens many, anthers versatile 2
2a. Fruit 1.5-2.0 cm in diameter or less; seeds winged Schima
2b. Fruit 3-5 cm in diameter; seeds wingless 3
3a. Capsule dehiscent from apex; seeds globose, semiglobose; hilum umbilicate Camellia
3b. Fruit drupaceous and indehiscent; seeds compressed globose; hilum linear Pyrenaria