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Combretaceae R. Br., 1810, nom. cons.
the false almond family
Combretum was the name the Romans gave to a kind of rush, not a member of this family. Combretaceae consists of trees, shrubs and lianas, some of which grow in mangrove habitats. Their simple and entire leaves are without stipules, or sometimes with small stipules. Domatia and glands are often present. The flowers are usually bisexual and radially symmetrical. The nectary is usually a disk (often hairy) above the ovary. The fruit is one-seeded, often a flattened, ribbed or winged drupe.
Combretum indicum - Chinese Honeysuckle
Combretum microphyllum - Flame Creeper
Combretum paniculatum ssp. microphyllum (syn.) - Flame Creeper
Lumnizera racemosa - White-flowered Black Mangrove
Myrobalanus muelleri (syn.) - Mueller's Damson
Quisqualis indica (syn.) - Chinese Honeysuckle
Terminalia arenicola - Brown Damson
Terminalia catappa - Beach Almond
Terminalia melanocarpa - Black Damson
Terminalia muelleri - Mueller's Damson
Photograph © Donald Simpson 2010
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