TiliaceaeLinden family







Identification
  - Leaves simple, alternate with large free stipules.
  - Stringy bark, mucilage, stellate hairs.
  - Many stamens, fused only at base.
  - Fruits mostly dry capsules or wind dispersed.

Diagnosis: 1. Trees and shrubs, with stringy bark, mucilage, and stipules, leaves alternate, simple or with small lateral lobes, petiole apically swollen, venation often 3-veined or palmate, stellate hairs, usually serrate. 2. Venation almost pinnate, margin entire (Mortoniodendron).

Local distribution: Widespread.

Similar families
Asteraceae: no stipules, leaves mostly opposite, flowers in dense heads, simple hairs.
Urticaceae: leaves not lobed, bark not stringy.

Diversity: Total: 6 genera, 12 species. Trees: 6 genera, 11 species.



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