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Herbs, shrubs, sarmentose or climbing or trees. Leaves simple or compound, alternate, rarely opposite, stipules 2, free or adnate to petioles, rarely obsolete. Flowers bisexual, disk lining  calyx tube or forming a ring at its base. Calyx tube free or adnate to the ovary, limb 5-lobed. Petals 5, inserted under disc margin. Stamens numerous (rarely 1 or 5 or 10) in one or many series, filaments incurved in bud. Carpels 1 or more, free or connate with free or connate styles, styles basal, lateral or subterminal, stigmas capitate or penicillate, ovules 1 or more in each carpel. Fruits achenes or berries or drupes, rarely capsular. Seeds erect or pendulous.

Key to the Genus

Serial Key Reference
1a. Ovary superior; ripe carpels not enclosed in calyx tube 2
1b. Ovary inferior; ripe carpels enclosed in calyx tube 3
2a. Carpel solitary; unarmed tree Prunus
2b. Carpels many; armed shrubs. Ripe carpels fleshy, ovules 2, pendulous Rubus
3a. Armed shrubs with compound leaves and large adnate stipules; carpels many,not confluent when ripe Rosa
3b. Unarmed trees with simple leaves and small stipules; carpels few confluent when ripe. Flowers panicled Eriobotrya