Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

Myrtaceae

Photo credit: Wang Luan Keng
Kingdom:Plantae
Phylum/Division:Magnoliophyta
Class:Eudicots
Order:Myrtales
Family:Myrtaceae

Description

A large family of woody shrubs and trees.The bark is usually thin and flaky. The leaves are simple, opposite with entire margine and a well-developed intra-marginal nerve. Stipules are absent altough the leaf nodes sometimes bear glands. The leaves of many species bear oil glands. Flowers are regular, mostly bisexual, with 4-5 flower parts. The stamens are numerous. The ovaries in many genera are inferior while another group of genera has superior ovaries. The fruit is a berry, drupe or capsule.

About 5,000 over species have been described worldwide. In Singapore. 128 species have been recorded.



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