Medusagynaceae Engler & Gilg (1924), nom. cons.
  • W. C. Dickison
  • K. Kubitzki
Part of the The Families and Genera of Vascular Plants book series (FAMILIES GENERA, volume 11)


Small tree with a rounded crown. Leaves opposite, simple, elliptic or elliptic-oblong, glabrous, with a retuse apex and apical sinus, an attenuate base, and fine, widely spaced marginal glandular teeth, apical sinus contains a colleter on either side of the depression and a single one at the base of the cavity; stipules 0. Inflorescences lax, multiflowered, paniculate. Flowers regular, hypogynous, bisexual and male, the plants andromonoecious; staminate flowers without evidence of an abortive gynoecium; sepals 5, connate at the base, quincuncial in their distinct apices; petals 5, contort, at first spreading, later reflexed; stamens numerous, filaments distinct, slender, anthers basifixed, bithecate and tetrasporangiate, latrorse, dehiscing by slits; connective shortly protruding as apical extension; carpels numerous, 16–25, attached to central axis, each on its outer shoulder with a short stylodium and capitate stigma; ovules anatropous, epitropous, bitegmic, 2 per locule, on separate axile placentas, one ascending, the other descending; endosperm cellular. Fruit a septicidal capsule, each carpel separating acropetally from the central column along its entire margin, the dehisced carpels only maintaining a distal connection to the persistent columella. Seeds winged, with a thin layer of endosperm and a straight embryo.


Staminate Flower Mucilage Cell Apical Sinus Apical Extension Capitate Stigma 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Formerly at University of North CarolinaChapel HillUSA
  2. 2.Biozentrum Klein-FlottbekHamburgGermany

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