Ungnadia

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

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

Family

  • Sapindaceae

Species in genus

Glossary

family
A group of genera more closely related to each other than to genera in other families. Names of families are identified by the suffix ‘-aceae’ (e.g. Myrtaceae) with a few traditional exceptions (e.g. Leguminosae).
imparipinnate
Odd-pinnate; (of a compound leaf) with a central rachis and an uneven number of leaflets due to the presence of a terminal leaflet. (Cf. paripinnate.)

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Credits

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

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

A genus of a single species, which, like the related Xanthoceras, bears some resemblance to Aesculus in the neighbouring family Hippocastanaceae. In this instance the similarity is even reflected in the vernacular name 'Mexican Buckeye', all the other American buckeyes being species of Aesculus. There is, however, the obvious difference that the leaves in Ungnadia, as in Xanthoceras, are odd-pinnate and that the flowers are borne before or with the leaves, in short dense clusters.

Endlicher named the genus in honour of Baron Ungnad, Austrian envoy at Constantinople 1576-82, who sent seeds of the horse-chestnut to Clusius.

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