Montiniaceae Nakai, Chosakuronbun Mokuroku: 243 (1943), nom. cons.
  • Louis P. Ronse De CraeneEmail author
Part of the The Families and Genera of Vascular Plants book series (FAMILIES GENERA, volume 14)


Small trees, lianas, or shrubs, dioecious; stems erect with libriform fibres; indumentum of eglandular unicellular trichomes, present only in leaf axils. Leaves simple, entire, opposite or alternate, exstipulate, margins entire. Staminate inflorescences axillary, rarely terminal, paniculate; each flower subtended by a bract or with several bracts of reduced flowers; bracteoles absent. Flowers tri-, tetra-, or rarely pentamerous; calyx reduced to a toothed persistent rim or shortly three- to five-lobed; petals white or greenish, free, imbricate to valvate, deciduous; stamens alternipetalous, inserted at the base of a well-developed nectary, filaments short, dilated at the base, anthers extrorse, rarely introrse, opening by longitudinal slits; pistillode absent or present as central conical rudiment. Female inflorescence terminal, consisting of a single terminal flower, occasionally with a few flowers below, or a few-flowered axillary cyme. Perianth similar to staminate flowers, or petals absent; alternipetalous staminodes with abortive anthers present or absent; ovary bicarpellate, inferior to half-inferior; placentation intruding-parietal to axile, style bifid or two decurrent stylodia; stigma bilobed or decurrent on the stylodia, persistent; ovules tenuinucellate, anatropous, one or up to 12 per locule. Fruits capsular with winged seeds, dry indehiscent, or a compressed orange two-seeded drupe. Endosperm fleshy, scanty or absent, embryo straight, with large, compressed, orbiculate cotyledons and well developed radicle.


Pollen Morphology Staminate Flower Pistillate Flower Leaf Axil Inferior Ovary 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Royal Botanic Garden EdinburghEdinburghUK

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