Development of the hypanthium and androecium in
Acmena smithii and Syzygium australe ( Acmena alliance, Myrtaceae)
Stephen R. Belsham and David A. Orlovich
Australian Systematic Botany
16(5) 621 - 628
Published: 10 November 2003
AbstractFloral organogeny and development are described for two species of the Acmena alliance: Acmena smithii and Syzygium australe. The Acmena alliance is now regarded as distinct from the fleshy-fruited Myrtoideae s.s. A. smithii develops an hypanthium that resembles that seen in some dry-fruited Myrtaceae but stamen initiation resembles that seen in the fleshy-fruited Luma apiculata. By contrast S. australe has hypanthial development similar to the New Zealand fleshy-fruited Myrtaceae but stamen development resembles that of many dry-fruited Myrtaceae. Both species, therefore, show homoplasy of floral characters with both fleshy and dry-fruited Myrtaceae.
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