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Myricaceae

See list of 3 genera in this family

References: Baird (1968), Bornstein (1997).

  • 1a. Leaves stipulate, with pinnately lobed blades; bracts exceeding the fruit, persistent, forming an enclosing bur
  • 1b. Leaves exstipulate, the blades entire or toothed but without lobes [Fig. 728]; bracts shorter than to equaling the fruit, not forming a bur
    • 2a. Carpellate bracts 2, accrescent, clasping the achene in fruit; achene flattened, not concealed with a thick layer of wax; staminate aments borne at the apex of the previous year’s branchlet; leaf blades serrate in the distal ; winter buds dark brown, ovoid, acute at the apex; preformed staminate aments present
    • 2b. Carpellate bracts 4–6, small and inconspicuous, even in fruit; achene subglobose, covered with a thick layer of blue-white wax; staminate aments borne below the apex of the previous year’s branchlet; leaf blades variably serrate in the distal ½; winter buds red, subglobose, obtuse at the apex; preformed staminate aments absent

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