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Camelliaceae[1]

Theaceae
Theaceae
/θiːˈeɪsiː/ is a family of flowering plants, composed of shrubs and trees, including the camellias. It can be described as having from seven to 40 genera, depending on the source and the method of circumscription used. The family Ternstroemiaceae has been included within Theaceae;[2][3] however, the APG III system of 2009 places it instead in Pentaphylacaceae.[4]

Contents

1 Family characteristics 2 Genera 3 Chemistry 4 Distribution 5 Economic importance 6 References

Family characteristics[edit] Plants in this family are characterized by simple leaves that are alternate spiral to distichial, serrated, and usually glossy. Most of the genera have evergreen foliage, but Stewartia
Stewartia
and Franklinia
Franklinia
are deciduous. The toothed margins are generally associated with a characteristic Theoid leaf tooth, which is crowned by a glandular, deciduous tip.[5] The flowers in this family are usually pink or white and large and showy, often with a strong scent.[6] The calyx consists of five or more sepals, which are often persistent in the fruiting stage, and the corolla is five-merous, rarely numerous. Plants in Theaceae
Theaceae
are multistaminate, usually with 20-100+ stamen either free or adnate to the base of the corolla, and are also distinctive because of the presence of pseudopollen. The pseudopollen is produced from connective cells, and has either rib-like or circular thickenings. The ovary is often hairy and narrows gradually into the style, which may be branched or cleft. The carpels are typically opposite from the petals, or the sepals in the case of Camellia. The fruits are loculicidal capsules, indehiscent baccate fruits or sometimes pome-like. The seeds are few and sometimes winged, or in some generas covered by fleshy tissue or unwinged and nude.[3][5] Genera[edit] As of March 2017[update], the Angiosperm Phylogeny Website accepts the following genera:[7]

Apterosperma
Apterosperma
Hung T. Chang Camellia
Camellia
L., including Piquetia (Pierre) H.Hallier, Thea L., Yunnanea Hu Dankia Franklinia
Franklinia
Marshall Gordonia Ellis, including Laplacea Polyspora
Polyspora
G.Don Pyrenaria Blume, including Dubardella H.J.Lam, Glyptocarpa Hu, Parapyrenaria H.T.Chang, Sinopyrenaria Hu, Tutcheria Dunn Schima
Schima
Blume Stewartia
Stewartia
L., including Hartia Dunn

The fossil Pentapetalum trifasciculandricus, about 91 million years old, may belong to the Theaceae
Theaceae
or the Pentaphylacaceae.[7] Chemistry[edit] There is distinctive chemistry within the Theaceae
Theaceae
family. Sometimes, single crystals of calcium oxalate are present in Theaceous plants. Ellagic acid
Ellagic acid
and common polyphenols including flavonols, flavones and proanthocyanins are widely distributed throughout the family. Gallic acid and catechins only occur in Camellia
Camellia
sect. Thea (C. sinensis, C. taliensis and C. irrawadiensis.) Caffeine and its precursors theobromine and theophylline are only found in sect. Thea and are not found in other species of Camellia
Camellia
or other Theaceae. Caffeine content in the tea bush makes up 2.5-4% of the leaf's dry weight, and this high content of catechins and caffeine in the tea bush is the result of selection by man for these characters. Triterpenes and their glycosides (saponins) are found widely throughout the family in the seeds, leaves, wood and bark. Plants in this family are also known to accumulate aluminum and fluoride.[3] Distribution[edit] Members of the family are found in Southeast Asia and Malesia, tropical South America and the Southeast United States. Three genera (Franklinia, Gordonia and Stewartia) have species native to the Southeast United States, with Franklinia
Franklinia
being endemic there, and under some interpretations, also Gordonia with the Asian species formerly included in that genus being transferred to Polyspora.[8] Economic importance[edit] The best known genus is Camellia, which includes the plant whose leaves are used to produce tea ( Camellia
Camellia
sinensis). In parts of Asia, other species are used as a beverage, including C. taliensis, C. grandibractiata, C. kwangsiensis, C. gymnogyna, C. crassicolumna, C. tachangensis, C. ptilophylla, and C. irrawadiensis.[9] Several species are grown widely as ornamentals for their flowers and handsome foliage. References[edit]

^ Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN) entry for Camelliaceae ^ Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Vascular Plant
Plant
Families and Genera: Theaceae ^ a b c Watson, L., & Dallwitz, M. J. (1992 onwards). The families of flowering plants. Theaceae ^ Angiosperm Phylogeny Group III (2009). "An update of the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group classification for the orders and families of flowering plants: APG III". Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society. 161 (2): 105–121. doi:10.1111/j.1095-8339.2009.00996.x.  ^ a b Stevens, P.F. 2003. Clusiaceae. In: Kubitzki, K. (Eds.), The Families and Genera of Vascular Plants. Springer, Hamburg, Germany ^ Luna I, Ochoterena H (2004) ‘Phylogenetic relationships of the genera of Theaceae
Theaceae
based on morphology.’ Cladistics Vol. 20 223-270 ^ a b Stevens, P.F., "Theaceae", Angiosperm Phylogeny Website, retrieved 2014-09-18  ^ Flora of China
Flora of China
" Theaceae
Theaceae
(draft)" ^ Chang, H.T., Bartholomew, R.C. 1984. Camellias. Timber Press, Portland, OR

Taxon identifiers

Wd: Q156574 EoL: 4446 EPPO: 1THEF FNA: 10882 FoC: 10882 Fossilworks: 54709 GBIF: 3189597 GRIN: 1116 IPNI: 30000791-2 ITIS: 21371 NCBI: 27065 Tropicos: 42000087 Watson & Dallwi

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