SabiaceaeSabia family






Identification
  - Leaves simple, alternate, spiraled, entire or with sparse teeth.
  - Without stipules.
  - Petiole swollen at base.
  - Sharp teeth on sapling and sucker leaves.
  - Small white flowers in large inflorescences.
  - Fruit a drupe with tough rind and extremely hard-shelled seed.

Diagnosis: Trees, without stipules, leaves alternate, simple, entire or with sparse sharp teeth (especially on sucker leaves), petiole short and swollen at base, drupes with one extremely hard-shelled seed.

Similar families
Bignoniaceae(Amphitecna): margin always entire.
Fagaceae: with stipules, stellate hairs.
Proteaceae(Panaopsis): midvein sunken above, some leaves appearing opposite, bunched at twig tips.
Sapotaceae: white latex, margin always entire.

Diversity: Total: 1 genus, 6 species. Trees: 1 genus, 6 species.



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