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This genus is accepted, and its native range is Central & E. U.S.A. to Tropical & Subtropical America, Tropical & Subtropical Asia to Japan and W. Pacific.
Chionanthus curvicarpus (Oleaceae)

[FZ]

Oleaceae, F. K. Kupicha. Flora Zambesiaca 7:1. 1983

Morphology General Habit
Trees and shrubs, evergreen (in F.Z. area) or rarely deciduous.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves simple, opposite, entire, not lepidote; acarodomatia usually present.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers in axillary paniculate cymes or fascicles, 4–merous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx deeply lobed.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla valvate, with very short tube and linear lobes, these strongly concave, with incurved margins and cucullate apex.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 2, inserted on corolla tube; anthers introrse.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary subglobose, bilocular, with 2 ventral or pendent ovules per loculus; style short, stigma subcapitate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit a 1–seeded drupe.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seed lacking endosperm.

[FTEA]

Oleaceae, W. B. Turrill. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1952

Morphology General Habit
Trees or bushes (rarely climbing), with simple, opposite, entire leaves
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers small, generally in axillary panicles, hermaphrodite
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx deeply 4-lobed
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla with a very short tube or scarcely any tube; segments induplicate-valvate, usually almost free to the base
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 2, inserted by very short filaments to the base of the corolla segments
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary bilocular, usually 2 pendulous ovules in each loculus; style generally very short or almost absent; stigma more or less capitate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit a drupe with a hard bony endocarp
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds typically solitary, with or without endosperm.

Doubtfully present in:

Vanuatu

Native to:

Alabama, Andaman Is., Argentina Northeast, Arkansas, Assam, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Belize, Bismarck Archipelago, Bolivia, Borneo, Brazil North, Brazil Northeast, Brazil South, Brazil Southeast, Brazil West-Central, Cambodia, Cayman Is., China North-Central, China South-Central, China Southeast, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Delaware, District of Columbia, Dominican Republic, East Himalaya, Ecuador, Fiji, Florida, French Guiana, Georgia, Guatemala, Hainan, Haiti, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Japan, Jawa, Kentucky, Korea, Laos, Leeward Is., Lesser Sunda Is., Louisiana, Malaya, Maluku, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest, Mississippi, Missouri, Myanmar, Nepal, New Caledonia, New Guinea, New Jersey, New York, Nicaragua, Nicobar Is., Niue, Norfolk Is., North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Panamá, Paraguay, Pennsylvania, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Queensland, Samoa, Solomon Is., South Carolina, Sri Lanka, Sulawesi, Sumatera, Taiwan, Tennessee, Texas, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad-Tobago, Venezuela, Venezuelan Antilles, Vietnam, Virginia, West Himalaya, West Virginia, Windward Is.

Introduced into:

Illinois

Chionanthus L. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Coode [6022], Indonesia 55470.000
Abeid, . S.Y. [1799], Tanzania K000469032

First published in Sp. Pl.: 8 (1753)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne.

Literature

Flora Zambesiaca

  • Sp. Pl. 1: 8 (1753).
  • Steam in Ann. Mo. Bot. Gard. 63: 355–357 (1977)
  • in Journ. Linn, Soc., Bot. 80: 191–206 (1980).

Flora Zambesiaca
Flora Zambesiaca
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Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

Interactive Key to Seed Plants of Malesia and Indo-China
The Malesian Key Group (2010) Interactive Key to Seed Plants of Malesia and Indo-China (Version 2.0, 28 Jul 2010) The Nationaal Herbarium Nederland Leiden and The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

Kew Backbone Distributions
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
© Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

Neotropikey
Milliken, W., Klitgard, B. and Baracat, A. (2009 onwards), Neotropikey - Interactive key and information resources for flowering plants of the Neotropics.
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