Eucommiaceae

Engler
Common names: Hardy rubber-tree Family
Found in FNA Volume 12. Treatment on page 546.
Trees, deciduous, dioecious; latex present. Leaves alternate, simple; stipules absent; petiole present; blade margins serrate; venation pinnate. Inflorescences unisexual, axillary, fascicles, (staminate) or flowers solitary (pistillate. Flowers unisexual; hypanthium absent; sepals 0; petals 0; nectary absent; stamens 5–12, distinct; anthers dehiscing by longitudinal slits; pistil 1, 2-carpellate; ovary superior, 1-locular; placentation apical; ovules 2 per locule, anatropous; style 0; stigmas 2. Fruits samaras. Seeds 1 per fruit.

Distribution

Introduced; Asia (c, w China), introduced and cultivated widely.

Discussion

Genus 1, species 1.

Placement of Eucommia has been controversial, with various authors allying it with Cornales, Euphorbiaceae, Hamamelidaceae, Trochodendraceae, and Ulmaceae (reviewed in M. A. Vincent 2002). Most recent DNA analyses support recognizing Eucommiaceae as a distinct family in Garryales (K. Bremer et al. 2001; D. E. Soltis et al. 2000). Fossil remains of Eucommia have been found in North America, Europe, and Asia, evidence that the genus was widespread in the Cenozoic and that its present-day distribution is relictual (V. B. Call and D. L. Dilcher 1997).

Facts about "Eucommiaceae"
AuthorMichael A. Vincent +
Common nameHardy rubber-tree Family +
Referencecall1997a +, vincent2002a + and zhang1988a +
Taxon nameEucommiaceae +
Taxon rankfamily +
VolumeVolume 12 +