EbenaceaeEbony family






Identification
  - Trees with simple, alternate, entire leaves in a plane.
  - Without stipules.
  - Twigs remain smooth and green.
  - Black layer in bark of trunk.
  - Few axillary flowers.
  - Fruit a small to large berry with multiple seeds.

Diagnosis: Trees, outer bark often dark, inner bark with a black layer, without stipules, leaves simple, alternate, distichous, entire, twigs often notably smooth and dark green.

Similar families
Annonaceae: aromatic odor, bark strong, usually.
Euphorbiaceae(Drypetes): minute stipules, inconspicuous crenations, bark without a black layer.
Solanaceae(Cestrum): no black inner bark layer, twig forming a pedestal for petiole and petiole distinct from twig.

Diversity: Total: 1 genus, 4 species. Trees: 1 genus, 4 species.



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