Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae

Aceraceae - Sycamore and maple family

Description of the family

Trees or shrubs. Stipules 0. Leaves opposite, mostly simple and palmately-lobed, less often pinnate. Inflorescence racemose. Flowers actinomorphic, unisexual. Sepals 4-5. Petals 0 or equalling sepals. Stamens usually 8 in two whorls. Disk present. Ovary 2-locular and 2-lobed. Styles 2. Fruit a schizocarp, splitting into 2 samaras.

Worldwide: 2 genera and 113 species in N temperate regions and on tropical mountains.

Acer platanoides

Links to genera: (1)

GenusContent
Acer L.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Aceraceae:

UK Flora: cultivated Aceraceae page
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Aceraceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar


Copyright: Mark Hyde, 2008-18

Hyde, M.A. (2018). UK Flora: Family page: Aceraceae.
http://www.ukflora.info/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=2, retrieved 26 May 2018

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