Meliaceae - Mahogany family

Key to genera

1Leaves simpleTurraea
1Leaves compound2
2Leaves 2(-3)-pinnateMelia
3Leaves 1-pinnate3
3Leaves imparipinnate4
3Leaves paripinnate5
4Fruit a drupe; seeds without an arilEkebergia
4Fruit a capsule; seeds with a scarlet arilTrichilia
5Stamens 5, free; flowers with an androgynophore to which the bases of the petals are adnateToona
5Stamens 8-10, filaments partly or completely united; flowers without an androgynophore; petals free6
6Capsule spherical or ± so; seeds ± circular, winged all roundKhaya
6Capsule elongate, at least twice as long as broad; seeds with a terminal wing7
7Seeds attached by the seed-end towards the distal end (apex) of the columella (i.e. seed winged below); flowers 5-merous814
7Seeds attached by the wing-end towards the distal end (apex) of the columella (i.e. seed winged above); flowers 4-merous815

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-21

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2021). Flora of Zimbabwe: Meliaceae: Key to genera., retrieved 18 October 2021

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