Family: Cecropiaceae

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Kingdom: Plantae Rank: Family Parent: Rosales Status: Valid

Common Names:

  • Cecropiaceae - English, United States of America

Vegetative Morphology

Habit: Trees or shrubs with adventitious roots.

Leaves: Leaves simple, spirally arranged, entire or palmately lobed.

Stipules: Stipules fused, encircling the stem.

Exudate: Sap watery turning black on exposure to air.

Reproductive Morphology

Inflorescence: Inflorescence of a pair of usually branched spikes in leaf axils.

Flowers: Flowers actinomorphic, unisexual, the plants dioecious; staminate flowers with 2-4 tepals, free or fused, the stamens 1-4, free or fused; pistillate flowers with tubular perianth; ovary superior, 1-locular, the stigma 1, placentation basal.

Fruit: Fruit an achene enclosed by perianth.

Seeds: Seeds small or large, one per fruit.