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, Volume 33, Issue 4, pp 564–580 | Cite as

Contributions to the morphology and anatomy of strasburgeria and a discussion of the taxonomic position of the strasburgeriaceae

  • William C. Dickison
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Abstract

A comprehensive study of floral and vegetative anatomy of the monotypic New Caledonian genusStrasburgeria Baillon was undertaken to provide a more thorough and accurate generic description, and to help clarify the evolutionary relationships of the plant. Detailed descriptions of leaf, stem, nodal, wood, floral, fruit, and seed morphology and anatomy are presented. In general, vegetative characters are primitive whereas those of the reproductive organs are regarded as advanced or specialized.Strasburgeria is envisioned as an early and independent offshoot from the thealean ancestral stock. It appears that the most appropriate treatment of the genus is to recognize the family Strasburgeriaceae and put it adjacent to the Ochnaceae in the current widely accepted manner.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • William C. Dickison
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BotanyThe University of North CarolinaChapel Hill

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