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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 5/24/2013)

Flora Data (Last Modified On 5/24/2013)
Genus Celastrus L.
PlaceOfPublication Sp. P1. 196. 1753
Note TYPE: C. scandens L.
Description Scandent shrubs. Leaves deciduous, alternate, petiolate. Inflorescences di- chasial, paniculate to racemose, solitary, axillary and/or terminal, pedunculate or sessile; pedicels articulated. Flowers usually unisexual and plants dioecious (bisexual in the Latin American species); calyx 5-lobed; petals 5; disc cup-shaped or fleshy and flat, entire or 5-lobed, stamens 5; ovary superior, free from the disc, 3-loculed, each 1-ovuled (in the Latin American species), ovules attached at the base of the ovary with a distinct cup-shaped aril towards the base. Fruit a capsule, 1- to 6-seeded; seeds enclosed in a fleshy crimson aril.
Habit shrubs
Distribution About 31 species distributed chiefly in tropical and subtropical Asia and America.
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