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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 1/11/2013)

Flora Data (Last Modified On 1/11/2013)
PlaceOfPublication Char. Gen. 45. 1776, nomen conservandumn.
Synonym Sciodaphyllum P. Br. Hist. jam. 190. 1756, nomen, rejiciendum. Sciadophyllumn Reichenb. Consp. 145. 1828.
Description Shrubs or small trees, sometimes epiphytic, glabrous or variously pubescent. Leaves palmately compound or rarely simple; petiole dilated at the base into a ligulate sheath, often very conspicuous. Inflorescences paniculately umbelliferous or capituliferous, terminal or lateral, the branches subtended by small coriaceous bracts, the umbels or heads numerous; pedicels continuous with the calyx. Flowers bisexual, 5-merous; calyx obconic or cupuliform, the limb short, erect, usually denticulate; petals usually connate and calyptrate, subacute and slightly thickened distally, valvate; stamens inflexed in bud, the anthers oblong, obtuse at both ends, the thecae loosely coherent or separate; disc slightly raised at the margin; styles 5-7; fruit coriaceous, subglobose, surmounted by the persistent calyx-limb and stylar column or styles, the seeds 5-7 or fewer, oblong.
Habit Shrub tree
Key a. Epiphytic shrubs with simple, short-petiolate leaves - - 1. S. EPIPHYTICA aa. Trees, shrubs or epiphytic shrubs with palmately compound, long- petiolate leaves. b. Leaflets 5-9; flowers distinctly pedicellate in 5- to 14-flowered umbels. c. Inflorescences 1- to 3-branched near the base; leaflets 5-9; peti- olules shallowly canaliculate. ---- 2. S. SYSTYLA cc. Inflorescences compound-paniculate; leaflets 5 or 6; petiolules terete, somewhat swollen proximally and distally -3. S. SEIBERTIL bb. Leaflets 8-21; flowers sessile, in 10- to 12-flowered heads (fruit sometimes as few as 5 per head) -4. S. ROBUSTA
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