FagaceaeBeech family






Identification
  - Leaves simple, alternate, entire or toothed.
  - Leaves bunched at twig tips.
  - Narrow, free stipules.
  - Flowers without petals, male flowers in catkins.
  - Fruit an acorn.

Diagnosis: Trees, with slender free stipules, leaves alternate, simple, crenate or entire, often with stellate hairs, petiole short with swollen base.

Similar families
Boraginaceae: without stipules, sympodial growth.
Clethraceae: without stipules.
Lauraceae: aromatic odor, without stipules.
Sabiaceae: without stipules.

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



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