Periploca

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Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

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'Periploca' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/periploca/). Accessed 2019-12-07.

Family

  • Periplocaceae

Glossary

calyx
(pl. calyces) Outer whorl of the perianth. Composed of several sepals.
corolla
The inner whorl of the perianth. Composed of free or united petals often showy.
inflorescence
Flower-bearing part of a plant; arrangement of flowers on the floral axis.
apex
(pl. apices) Tip. apical At the apex.
cyme
Branched determinate inflorescence with a flower at the end of each branch. cymose In the form of a cyme.
entire
With an unbroken margin.
follicle
Dry dehiscent fruit containing numerous seeds derived from a single carpel.
linear
Strap-shaped.
monograph
Taxonomic account of a single genus or family.
pollination
Act of placing pollen on the stigma. Various agents may initiate pollination including animals and the wind.
stamen
Male reproductive organ of flower. Usually composed of an anther and a filament.
viscid
Sticky.

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Credits

Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

Recommended citation
'Periploca' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/periploca/). Accessed 2019-12-07.

A small genus of twining or laxly-stemmed shrubs, ranging from W. Africa and the Canary Islands through S. Europe and the Near East to China. Eleven species are recognised by the Polish botanist K. Browicz in his monograph on the genus (Arb. Kornickie, No. XI (1966), pp. 5-104, in English).

Leaves opposite, entire (though some species, not treated here, are almost leafless). Inflorescence a terminal or lateral cyme. Calyx five-lobed. Corolla with five spreading lobes, the inner surface of which is heavily marked in some shade of brown or purple and more or less viscid except at the paler margins. Stamens five, free from each other. Corona-lobes five, linear, each springing from the base of a stamen and arching inward at the apex. Styles two, stigmas united. Carpels two, each developing into a many-seeded follicle ('pod'). For the remarkable pollination mechanism see: Willis, Dict. Fl. Plants & Ferns, ed. 7, p. 852, ed. 8, p. 874.

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