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Trees, shrubs, or woody climbers, deciduous or evergreen. Leaves alternate, simple or odd pinnately compound; stipules absent. Inflorescences axillary or terminal, usually in cymes or panicles, or sometimes solitary axillary flowers. Flowers bisexual or polygamous-dioecious, actinomorphic or zygomorphic, small or minute. Sepals (4 or) 5[or 3, 6, or 7], free or united at base, imbricate, equal or unequal. Petals (4 or) 5(or 6) [or 7], imbricate, equal or inner 2 much smaller than outer 3. Stamens (4 or) 5, opposite petals, attached to petals at base or free, all fertile or outer 3 infertile; anthers 2-celled, with narrow connectives or with thick cupular connectives. Disk cupular or annular, small. Ovary superior, sessile, 2(or 3) -loculed, with 1 or 2 half-anatropous ovules per locule. Fruit a drupe or schizocarp, consisting of 1 or 2 mature carpels, 1(or 2) -loculed, indehiscent. Seed 1; endosperm (if present) reduced to a very thin layer; cotyledons duplicate, radicle curved.

Three genera and ca. 80 species: tropical and E Asia, Central and South America; two genera and 46 species (17 endemic) in China.

This family was recently treated by Kubitzki (Fam. Gen. Vasc. Pl. 9: 413-417. 2007) .[1]


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The Family Sabiaceae is a member of the Order Sabiales. Here is the complete "parentage" of Sabiaceae:

The Family Sabiaceae is further organized into finer groupings including:


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Meliosma is a genus of flowering plants in the family Sabiaceae, native to tropical to warm temperate regions of southern and eastern Asia and the Americas. It is traditionally considered to contain about 100 species; some botanists take a much more conservative view accepting only 20-25 species as distinct. They are trees or shrubs, growing to 10?45 m tall. [more]










A genus in the Kingdom Animalia. [more]


Wellingtonia can mean: [more]

At least 5 species and subspecies belong to the Genus Wellingtonia.

More info about the Genus Wellingtonia may be found here.


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  1. Guo Lixiu & Anthony R. Brach "Sabiaceae". in Flora of China Vol. 12 Page 25. Published by Science Press (Beijing) and Missouri Botanical Garden Press. Online at


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Last Revised: August 26, 2014
2014/08/26 06:00:25