LecythidaceaeBrazil-nut family





Identification
  - Leaves simple, alternate, distichous, creanate.
  - Small deciduous free stipules.
  - Bark fibrous.
  - Large yellow flowers with stamens fused into a zygomorphic, U-shaped flap.
  - Fruit capsule with a deciduous lid

Diagnosis: Wet forest trees, bark fibrous, stipules small and deciduous, triangular with a thread-like apical point, leaves distichous, simple, alternate, weakly crenate, lateral veins curve upward and weakly connect near margin, short parallel intersecondary veins, finely reticulate tertiary veins, one species barely reaches our area (Eschweilera).

Similar families
Celastraceae: orange layer in bark.
Ochnaceae: stipules conspicuous and elongate, margin serrate.

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



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