Cornus

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Trees or shrubs, hairy (in Victoria) or glabrous; hairs often medifixed. Leaves opposite (in Victoria) or alternate, simple, entire, distinctly petiolate. Inflorescences terminal involucrate heads (in Victoria) or branched cymes; bracts large and showy (in Victoria), or small or absent. Flowers small, bisexual, white or yellow; sepals 4, minute, calyx-tube campanulate, cylindric or urceolate; petals 4, oblong, valvate; stamens 4, alternating with petals, anthers oblong, purple; ovary usually 2-celled, ovule 1 per cell, style filiform or cylindric, stigma capitate. Fruit a drupe, ovoid, 2-celled, 2-seeded, in compound heads (in Victoria) or simple; endocarp bony; seeds oblong, compressed, albumen fleshy.

Currently believed to be c. 64 species, but estimates vary between authorities (up to 8 segregate genera are sometimes recognized). Mostly from temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere; 1 species naturalised in Australia.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Cornaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Cornales
family Cornaceae
Higher taxa
genus Cornus
Subordinate taxa