AnnonaceaeAnnona family





Identification
  - Leaves simple, alternate, entire, distichous.
  - Without stipules.
  - Aromatic odor and strong bark.
  - Flowers axillary with 3-6 petals, aggregate ovary sourrounded by many stamens.
  - Fruit varied from stalked, drupe-like fruitlets to large fleshy aggregate with many embedded seeds.

Diagnosis: Trees and treelets, without stipules, strong stringy bark, leaves alternate, entire, distichous, often with a weak aromatic odor in petiole and bark, but without latex.

Local distribution: Widespread.

Similar families
Lauraceae: leaves spiraled, twigs irregularly grooved and ridged, flowers with simple ovary.
Solanaceae: if odor present, not aromatic, often with stellate hairs.

Diversity: Total: 8 genera, 13 species. Trees and treelets: 8 genera, 13 species.

Comments: Guatteria oliviformis is the only common species of Annonaceae in the cloud forest.



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