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This genus is accepted, and its native range is Tropics & Subtropics.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FTEA]

Celastraceae, N.K.B. Robson, N. Hallé, B. Mathew and R. Blakelock†. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1994

Morphology General Habit
Trees or shrubs, without latex, glabrous; branches terete to lined, unarmed, not forming short shoots
Morphology Leaves
Leaves all opposite or subopposite to alternate towards the base of the shoot, rarely heteromorphic, petiolate; stipules free, small, caducous
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence pedunculate to sessile, regularly dichasial, few–many-flowered, single or on specialised shoots forming “panicles” in axils of foliage leaves or prophylls; bracts persistent
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers bisexual or unisexual, sometimes polygamous or dioecious, with or without staminodes and well-developed pistillodes, pedicellate, with pedicels articulated at or above the base
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals 4–5, unequal or equal, imbricate, united at the base, with margin entire or rarely finely serrulate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals 4–5, green to white or yellow, imbricate in bud, spreading
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Disc
Disc intrastaminal, single, thick, convex to concave, entire or shallowly 4–5-angled or -lobed
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 4–5, with filaments thin, united with the base of the disc; anthers versatile, introrse, with separate thecae dehiscing longitudinally
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary superior, sessile, ± deeply immersed in the disc, 2–3(–?4)-locular, with (1–)2 erect collateral ovules in each locule; style short, pyramidal, simple; stigma small, entire or slightly 2–3-lobed
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit drupaceous, hard or ± fleshy
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds 1–2(–3), exarillate, not winged, without endosperm.

[FZ]

Celastraceae, N. K. Robson. Flora Zambesiaca 2:2. 1966

Morphology General Habit
Trees or shrubs, without latex, glabrous.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves all opposite, or subopposite to alternate on young shoots, rarely heteromorphic, petiolate; stipules free, small, caducous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence pedunculate to sessile, regularly dichasial, simple or borne on specialised shoots forming “panicles” in axil of foliage leaves or prophylls; bracts persistent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers bisexual or unisexual, sometimes dioecious, pedicellate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals 4–5, imbricate, united at the base, with margin entire or rarely finely serrulate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals 4–5, green to white or yellow, imbricate in bud, spreading.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Disc
Disk intrastaminal, single, convex to flat, thick, entire or shallowly 4–5-lobed.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 4–5, with filaments thin, united with base of disk; anthers versatile, introrse, with separate thecae dehiscing longitudinally.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary superior, sessile, ± immersed in disk, 2–3-locular, with (1)2 erect collateral ovules in each loculus; style short, pyramidal, simple; stigma small, entire or slightly 2–3-lobed.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit drupaceous, hard or ± fleshy.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds 1–2(3), exarillate, with endosperm.

[FSOM]

M. Thulin et al. Flora of Somalia, Vol. 1-4 [updated 2008] https://plants.jstor.org/collection/FLOS

Morphology General Habit
Trees or shrubs, unarmed, without latex, glabrous
Morphology Leaves
Leaves all opposite or sometimes alternate towards base of shoot
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences axillary pedunculate to sessile regularly dichasial simple cymes, sometimes aggregated into pseudo-panicles Flowers bisexual or unisexual, plant sometimes dioecious
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals 5, imbricate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals 4–5, green to white or yellow, imbricate in bud
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 4–5; filaments slender, united with base of disk
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Disc
Disk intrastaminal, single, thick, convex to concave, shallowly 4–5-lobed to entire
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary sessile, deeply immersed in disk, 2–3-celled, with (1–)2 ovules in each cell; style simple with entire or 2–3-lobed stigma
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit a drupe, hard or fleshy
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds 1–2(–3), without arils or wings.
Distribution
About 38 species in the Old World tropics, South Africa, the West Indies and Central America.

[FZ]

Celastraceae, N. K. Robson. Flora Zambesiaca 2:2. 1966

Morphology General Habit
Trees or shrubs, without latex, glabrous; branches striate or angular.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves opposite on flowering shoots, spiral or alternate on young shoots, sometimes heteromorphic, petiolate; stipules, free, small, deciduous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence pedunculate, regularly dichasial, simple, in axil of foliage leaves; bracts persistent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers bisexual, pedicellate, with whorls all isomerous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals 3–4, imbricate, free, with margin entire.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals 3–4; green, imbricate in bud, spreading.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Disc
Disk extrastaminal or almost so, single, convex, thick, entire.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 3–4, with filaments thin, united with disk; anthers versatile, introrse, persistent, with separate thecae dehiscing longitudinally.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary superior, sessile, ± immersed in disk, 3–4-locular, with 2 erect collateral ovules in each loculus; style short, cylindric or pyramidal, simple; stigma small, entire or slightly 3–4-lobed.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit drupaceous, hard or ± fleshy.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds solitary, exarillate, with endosperm.

Doubtfully present in:

Guyana

Native to:

Andaman Is., Angola, Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, Borneo, Botswana, Cameroon, Cape Provinces, Caprivi Strip, Central African Repu, Comoros, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Fiji, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Leeward Is., Lesser Sunda Is., Madagascar, Malawi, Malaya, Mauritius, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Northeast, Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, New Caledonia, New South Wales, Nicaragua, Nicobar Is., Nigeria, Norfolk Is., Northern Provinces, Northern Territory, Panamá, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Queensland, Rodrigues, Rwanda, Réunion, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sulawesi, Sumatera, Swaziland, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad-Tobago, Turks-Caicos Is., Uganda, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Western Australia, Windward Is., Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Introduced into:

Ascension, St.Helena

Elaeodendron Jacq. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Buchanan-Hamilton, F. [Cat. no. s.n.], India K001132957
Wallich, N. [Cat. no. 7503], India K001127416
Wallich, N. [Cat. no. 7503], India K001127417
Buchanan-Hamilton, F. [Cat. no. s.n.] K001132956

First published in Icon. Pl. Rar. 1: 5, t. 48 (1782)

Accepted by

  • Christenhusz, M.J.M., Fay, M.F. & Chase, M.W. (2017). Plants of the World. An illustrated encyclopedia of vascular plants: 1-792. Kew Publishing, The university of Chicago Press.

Not accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (2001). World Checklist of Seed Plants Database in ACCESS E-F: 1-50919. [Cited as Cassine.]

Literature

Flora Zambesiaca

  • Icon. Pl. Rar. 1: t. 48 (1782), 5 (1787)
  • in Nov. Act. Helv. 1: 36, t. 2 fig. 2 (1787).

Flora of Somalia

  • Archer & van Wyk in S. Afr. J. Bot. 64: 93–109 (1998).
  • Flora Somalia, Vol 2, (1999) Author: by Sebsebe Demissew [updated by M. Thulin 2008]

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Ic. Pl. Rar. 1, p. 5 (1787)
  • Ic. Pl. Rar. 1, t. 48 (1782)
  • in Nov. Act Helv. 1: 36, 1: 2/2 (1787)

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