StyracaceaeStorax family






Identification
  - Leaves simple, alternate, entire.
  - Without stipules.
  - Often with pale or rust-colored carpet of stellate hairs or scales on leaf underside and young twigs.
  - FLowers with 5 white petals and 10 elongate yellow anthers.
  - Fruit is a drupe.

Diagnosis: One genus of trees, without stipules, leaves alternate, simple, usually entire, often with pale or rusty stellate or scale-like pubescence on leaf underside and twigs, petiole distinct from blade, leaves can be either distichous or spiraled.

Similar families
Clethraceae: margin crenate or serrate.
Myristicaceae: red sap, more than 10 lateral veins.
Solanaceae: pubescence not scale-like, often with spines or rank odor, petiole often merges with blade, usually distichous.

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



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