Subordinate Taxa
Scientific Name:
  • = Leitneriaceae

Trees or shrubs, often with very bitter bark.  Lvs usually alternate, rarely opposite, usually pinnate and exstipulate, lacking translucent glands.  Fls small, actinomorphic, ☿ or unisexual, usually in spikes or panicles.  Calyx 3–5-lobed.  Petals usually 3–5, imbricate or valvate, rarely 0.  Stamens inserted near base or on margin of disc, as many as or twice as many as petals, antipetalous.  Ovary superior, 2–5-lobed or carpels free.  Ovules usually 1 per carpel.  Styles free or united.  Fr. usually drupe-like, occasionally a samara.  Seed endospermic or non-endospermic.

[From:  Webb et al. (1988) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 4.]

Number of species in New Zealand within Simaroubaceae
Exotic: Fully Naturalised1
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