Celastrus

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Climbing shrubs, usually dioecious; branches usually conspicuously lenticellate. Leaves alternate, mostly serrate; stipules small, caducous. Inflorescence axillary or terminal, paniculate or racemose. Flowers unisexual; sepals and petals 5; stamens 5, inserted on or immediately below margin of disc, anthers dorsifixed, versatile, dehiscing laterally or extrorsely; female flowers with staminodes; ovary 3-celled, more or less free, ovules 2 per cell, basally attached, style short, stigma more or less 3-lobed. Fruit subglobose, a 3-valved, 3-celled capsule crowned by persistent style; seeds 1–6, enveloped by colourful, fleshy aril.

About 32 species, mostly in tropical and subtropical regions; 2 species in Australia.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Celastraceae. 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 Rosanae
order Celastrales
family Celastraceae
Higher taxa
genus Celastrus
Subordinate taxa