CunoniaceaeCunonia family






Identification
  - Large trees.
  - Leaves opposite, either odd-pinnate or simple.
  - Round inter-petiolar stipules.
  - Winged rachis.

Diagnosis: 1. Trees with leaves simple, opposite, serrate, almost circular inter-petiolar stipules. 2. Trees with leaves odd-pinnate, opposite, leaflets serrate, rachis winged, circular inter-petiolar stipules.

Local distribution: High cloud forest and Atlantic slope rain forest down to 750 m.

Similar families
Rutaceae(Zanthoxylum): leaves alternate with translucent yellow dots.
Fabaceae(Inga): leaves even-pinnate.

Diversity: Total: 1 genus, 3 species. Trees: 1 genus, 3 species.

Comments: Secondary forest and light gap colonists that often begin as epiphytes and continue to grow as free-standing trees after their host tree falls.



Credits: Images and text copyright 2000-2007, William A. Haber, http://efg.cs.umb.edu/