4582.000 Schinus L.

Bailey, L.H. (1949) Manual of Cultivated Plants Revised edition. Macmillan, New York.

Bailey, L.H. & Bailey, E.Z. (1976) Hortus Third. A concise Dictionary of Plants Cultivated in the United States and Canada Macmillan Publishing Co, Inc., New York

Description of the genus

Shrubs or trees, rarely with thorns, and with contact dermatitis-causing exudate. Leaves alternate, imparipinnate (rarely paripinnate or simple), petiolate; rhachis often winged; leaflets sessile to subsessile. Flowers in terminal and/or axillary, spike-like pseudoracemes, panicles, or leiothyrses; dioecious. Male flowers: calyx (4-)5-partite; petals (4-)5-partite; disk 8-10-lobed, cup-shaped; pistillode present; stamens (8-)10, in two whorls of different lengths. Female flowers: perianth similar to male; disk 8-10-lobed, disc-shaped; staminodes present; carpels 3; styles (1-)3; stigmas 3, capitate. Drupe small, spherical; exocarp purple to red, thin at maturity, separating from mesocarp; mesocarp resinous, fleshy, adhering to bony endocarp; 1-locular. [Description contributed by Dr Susan Pell]

Derivation of name: Greek for the mastic-tree, Pistacia lentiscus, which this genus resembles in its resinous juice.

Worldwide: 30 or more species in South America. Cultivated throughout the warm regions of the world.

Botswana: 1 taxon.

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Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Schinus

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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Schinus
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Schinus
Wikipedia: Schinus
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Schinus
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Schinus

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-21

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2021). Flora of Botswana: Genus page: Schinus.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1642, retrieved 17 June 2021

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