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Clethraceae


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A family of shrubs or trees, closely related to the Ericaceae, which have simple, alternate leaves. The fragrant flowers have a bell-like, persistent calyx, 5 free, imbricate petals, 10–12 free stamens, anthers with apical pores; and a superior, 3-celled ovary. The fruit is a capsule. There is 1 genus, with 64 species, occurring in tropical to warm temperate America, eastern Asia, and Madeira.

Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry.


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