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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 11/13/2012)

Flora Data (Last Modified On 11/13/2012)
PlaceOfPublication Sp. P1. 470. 1753.
Synonym Syringa Adans., Fam. P1. 2:244. 1763.
Description Deciduous shrubs with slender, arching and occasionally scandent stems with close or sometimes flaking bark. Leaves opposite, entire or dentate, sessile or shortly petiolate, lower surface often pubescent with simple hairs, upper surface green and glabrous or with few scattered pili, usually with 3-5 prominent veins from base. Flowers white, showy, often fragrant, solitary or in few-flowered terminal cymes; hypanthium turbinate, united with the ovary, calyx-lobes 4, rarely 5-6; petals 4, rarely 5-6, obovate, rounded or retuse at apex, convolute in bud; stamens 20 or more, filaments flat, subulate, anthers small, oblong; ovary inferior to half superior, 4 or rarely 3 or 5 chambers, placentae axial, bearing numerous ovules; styles 3-5, filiform, more or less united, each bearing an elongate stigma; capsule turbinate, ligneous or coriaceous, 3-5 chambers, dehiscing loculicidally from the top; seeds numerous, oblong.
Habit shrubs
Distribution About 40 species in North and Central America, eastern Asia and southern Europe.
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