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Published In: Species Plantarum 1: 121. 1753. (1 May 1753) (Sp. Pl.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

Project Name Data (Last Modified On 6/2/2011)
Acceptance : Accepted
Project Data     (Last Modified On 6/3/2011)
General/Distribution: About 45 species; S. Europe, N. America, Asia, and N.E. Australia. Represented here by 3 species.


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Deciduous or evergreen small trees or shrubs, often spiny. Leaves covered with silvery scales. Flowers axillary solitary, or in clusters, bisexual or male and hermaphrodite flowers on the same plant. Perianth campanulate or tubular, tepals 4-6. Stamens as many as the tepals and alternating with them; anthers 2-4-locular. Fruit a drupe-like achene, enclosed within the fleshy hypanthium.

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1 Leaves dull green (especially above), with peltate and stellate hairs. Style stellately hairy. Endocarp ribbed, woolly within (2)
+ Leaves silvery grey, covered with peltate scales. Style glabrous. Endocarp not ribbed or woolly Within Elaeagnus angustifolia
2 (1) Deciduous shrub or small tree. Leaves 2-9 cm long, 0.8-3 cm broad. fruit 8-9 mm long Elaeagnus umbellata
+ Evergreen straggling or climbing shrubs rarely trees, with larger leaves. Fruit up to 2.4 cm long Elaeagnus latifolia
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