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Combretaceae:

This is not a family that is very well known. It does however, have the tropical almond (Terminalia catapper) that decorates shorelines in tropical areas, including Hawaii. There are 20 genera with 600 species (Carr)


Systematics: There is usually a nectary on a hairy disk above the ovary. The ovary is inferior. There is one compound pistil with 2-5 carpels, and a single style and stigma. There are 4-5 sepals and 4-5 petals and usually 4-10 stamen that are adnate to the epigynous zone.

Specimens List

Tropical Almond (Terminalia catapper)

Also known as the false Kamani tree.



Floral Diagram


Spiny black olive (Bucida spinosa)

Native to the upper Florida keys. It is not the edible olive.


 

Links to more information

Dr. Carr's UH Botany site - Combretaceae

 

 

 
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