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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 2/7/2013)

Flora Data (Last Modified On 2/7/2013)
Genus TALAUMA Juss.
PlaceOfPublication Gen. P1. 281. 1789.
Synonym Svenhedinia Urb. in Fedde, Rep. Sp. Nov. 24: 3. 1927.
Description Evergreen trees or shrubs. Stipules adnate to the petiole. Flowers terminal, hermaphrodite, at first enclosed in 1 or more (usually several) spathaceous bracts. Gynoecium sessile; carpels numerous or few, concrescent at least towards the base; ovules 2. Fruiting carpels woody, circumscissile, the upper portions falling away either separately or in irregular masses, the lower portions persistent and bearing the suspended seeds.
Habit trees or shrubs
Distribution Species about 45, mostly in tropical and subtropical southeast Asia, the others in tropical America in the Lesser Antilles, Cuba, southern Mexico and through Central America to Brazil.
Note The genus is essentially tropical and lacks the strong North Temperate element present in Magnolia.
Key a. Leaves rounded to obtuse at the apex, rather laxly reticulate -... 1. T. GLORIENSIS aa. Leaves bluntly acuminate to subacute or apiculate at the apex, closely reticulate 2. T. SAMBUENSIS
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