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Toward an Improved Classification of Lauraceae
Henk van der Werff and H. G. Richter
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden
Vol. 83, No. 3 (1996), pp. 409-418
Published by: Missouri Botanical Garden Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2399870
Page Count: 10
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Published suprageneric classifications of Lauraceae and the characters used in these classifications are briefly reviewed. It is concluded that androecial characters such as number of stamens and number of anther cells are often variable even within genera and that these characters should not be used in a classification of Lauraceae. As a first step toward an improved classification, Lauraceae are divided into two subfamilies, one consisting of Cassytha, the other including all other genera. The latter group is divided into three tribes, the Laureae, Perseeae, and Cryptocaryeae, based on characters of wood and bark anatomy and inflorescence structure.
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden © 1996 Missouri Botanical Garden Press