Villaresia

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

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'Villaresia' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/villaresia/). Accessed 2020-01-28.

Family

  • Icacinaceae

Common Names

  • Citronella

Species in genus

Glossary

article
(in Casuarinaceae) Portion of branchlet between each whorl of leaves.
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).
imbricate
Overlapping.
inflorescence
Flower-bearing part of a plant; arrangement of flowers on the floral axis.
valvate
(of similar parts of a plant: e.g. petals) Meeting without overlapping; (of dehiscent fruit) opening via valves.

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Credits

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

Recommended citation
'Villaresia' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/villaresia/). Accessed 2020-01-28.

A genus of about thirty species, mostly tropical and subtropical, in Central and South America, Australia, Malaysia and the islands of the S.W. Pacific. The family Icacinaceae is quite closely allied to the Holly family (Aquifoliaceae), so the holly-like appearance of the species here described is not altogether fortuitous. It can, however, be distinguished from any member of the genus Ilex by the paniculate inflorescence, the valvate not imbricate petals, and the characteristic pits on the underside of the leaves.

It must be added that the generic name Villaresia, in the present sense, is invalid and should give way to Citronella (see the article accompanying the plate in the Botanical Magazine and Journ. Arn. Arb., Vol. 21, p. 473).

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