Aucubaceae Bercht. & J. Presl, Přir. Rostlin 2: 91 (1825) (Aucubeae).
  • Q.-Y. XiangEmail author
Part of the The Families and Genera of Vascular Plants book series (FAMILIES GENERA, volume 14)


Small evergreen trees or shrubs; branchlets opposite, with conspicuous leaf scars, often pubescent when young, sometimes pendulous with aerial roots; plants dioecious. Leaves simple, pinnately veined, opposite, without stipules, stoutly petiolate; blade thick leathery to thick chartaceous, dark green and shiny above, light green below, sometimes variegated, pubescent or glabrous; margin serrate or glandular serrate, rarely entire. Flowers small, unisexual, epigynous, actinomorphic. Both male and female flowers arranged in terminal thyrsoid compound inflorescences; female inflorescences usually smaller than male ones. Male flowers subtended by one small, lanceolate and pubescent bracteole; calyx minute, 4-dentate; petals 4, appearing free, valvate in bud, oblong or ovate, 3–4 mm long, purple red to yellow or greenish, floral disk fleshy, slightly 4-lobed; stamens 4, alternating with petals; filaments conical, short; anthers yellow, dorsifixed, bithecate , rarely unithecate, dehiscing with longitudinal slits; female flowers similar to male ones but pedicel articulate at the base of the ovary and subtended by one or two lanceolate bracteoles; style simple, short and thick; stigma capitate, straight or bent to one side, slightly 2–4-lobed; ovary unicarpellate, cylindric or ovoid, inferior, 1-locular; ovule 1, pendant, anatropous with dorsal raphe, unitegmic, crassinucellate. Fruit a fleshy 1-seeded drupe, cylindric or ovate, red when mature, black when dry, crowned by persistent calyx teeth, style, and stigma. Endosperm copious; embryo minute.


Female Flower Display Size Aerial Root Female Inflorescence Petroselinic Acid 
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  1. 1.Department of Plant and Microbial BiologyNorth Carolina State UniversityRaleighUSA

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