ElaeocarpaceaeElaeocarpus family






Identification
  - Leaves simple, alternate or opposite, with sparse large crenations or entire.
  - Free stipules, often large and conspicuous.
  - Petiole apex often tipped up, but not swollen.
  - Flowers lack petals.
  - Fruit red with pliable spines.

Diagnosis: One genus of trees with large free stipules, most with leaves simple, alternate, with few irregular large crenations, long petiole with double pulvinus; one species with simple opposite leaves.

Similar families
Boraginaceae: margin entire, sympodial growth pattern.
Euphorbiaceae: clear or milky latex, often palmate or 3-veined.

Diversity: Total: 2 genera, 5 species. Trees: 2 genera, 5 species.



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