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Eupomatiaceae


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A small family of shrubs and trees in which the leaves are alternate, simple, and without stipules. The flowers are showy, solitary, and bisexual. The perianth is fused; the upper part becomes a conical lid, and the lower a receptacle with the stamens attached to the rim. The inner stamens are petal-like and sterile, the others are pointed. The carpels are sunk into the receptacle, each with several ovules. The fruit is a berry with oil glands and contains several angular seeds with copious endosperm. There is only 1 genus (Eupomatia) and 2 species. E. laurina gives a decorative wood. Both species are restricted to the rain forests of eastern Australia and New Guinea.

Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry.


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