CornaceaeDogwood family





Identification
  - Leaves simple, opposite, entire.
  - Mucilage treads in torn leaf.
  - Few strongly ascending lateral veins.
  - Small white flowers with 5 free petals.
  - Fruit a small purple-black drupe.

Diagnosis: One tree species, without stipules, leaves simple, opposite, entire, few strongly ascending secondary veins, blade pale below, ellastic fibers (mucilage threads?) in torn leaf blade.

Local distribution: Upper Pacific slope at 1300-1600 m.

Similar families
Caprifoliaceae: sparse marginal teeth, no mucilage threads, blade not whitish below.
Verbenaceae: twigs cuadrangular, veins not strongly ascending, without threads in torn leaf.

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

Comments: Only one species in our area. This is an unusual dogwood in being a canopy tree reaching more than 80 cm in diameter.



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