OpiliaceaeOpilia family







Identification
  - Leaves simple, alternate, entire, spiraled.
  - Without stipules.
  - Leaf blade thick and stiff with few lateral veins.
  - Petiole distinct from twig, but poorly separated from blade.
  - Flowers small, green on short, unbranched axillary inflorescences.
  - Fruit a drupe.

Diagnosis: A single dry forest tree species, without stipules, leaves simple, alternate, entire, ovate, with few strongly ascending lateral veins, fleshy and stiff, blade poorly separated from short petiole, but petiole distinct from twig, glabrous, rare.

Similar families
Proteaceae: sparse marginal teeth, few strongly ascending lateral veins, strong odor.
Sapotaceae: white latex, no stipules.
Thymelaeaceae: bark extremely stringy, ellastic fibers in torn leaf, leaf paler below, green bean odor.

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



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