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    台灣植物誌 第二版  Flora of Taiwan, 2nd edition    Vol. 3

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    台灣植物誌第二版  Flora of Taiwan, 2nd edition  3: 545

     64. SIMAROUBACEAE 苦木科
    LI, HUI-LIN

    Trees or shrubs, almost always with bitter bark. Leaves alternate, often very large, pinnate or rarely simple; stipules 0 or deciduous. Inflorescence axillary, racemose, paniculate or cymose, rarely spicate. Flowers usually diclinous, regular, and generally small. Calyx 3-5-lobed, valvate or imbricate. Petals 3-5, very rarely 0, hypogynous, valvate or imbricate. Disc annular or elongate, simple or lobed, rarely 0. Stamens as many or twice as many as the petals, rarely indefinite, inserted at the base of the disc; filaments free, often with a scale at the base; anthers oblong, usually introrse, 2-celled, dehiscing longitudinally. Ovary free, 1-6-celled, usually deeply lobed, or entire; styles 2-5, free or more or less united, the stigmas capitate; ovules solitary in each cell, rarely numerous, the raphe ventral, the micropyle superior. Fruit drupaceous, capsular, or occasionally samaroid, usually of 2-6 distinct carpels. Seeds usually solitary, erect or pendulous, albuminous; embryo straight or curved, radicle superior.
    About 30 genera and 150 species, in tropical and subtropical regions of both hemispheres; three genera in Taiwan.

    KEY TO GENERA
    1. Stamens twice as many as petals; fruit samaroid… 1. Ailanthus
    1. Stamens as many as petals; fruit drupaceous.
    2. Disc 4-lobed; flowers compoundly cymose; styles nearly free… 2. Brucea
    2. Disc thick, entire; flowers panicled; styles connate… 3. Picrasma

    1. AILANTHUS Desfontaines 雩屬

    Large trees. Leaves very large, alternate, unequally pinnate. Flowers small, polygamous, bracteolate, in terminal or axillary panicles; calyx 5-fid, the lobes equal, imbricate; petals 5, valvate; disc 10-lobed; stamens 10 in hermaphroditic flowers (2-3), the filaments short or filiform, without scales; ovary 2-5-partite, the styles connate; ovules 1 in each cell, semi-anatropous. Fruit of 1-5 1-seeded samaras; wing very large, membranaceous. Seeds pendulous, sparingly albuminous.
    Species about 10, India, southern China to Australia; one in Taiwan.

    1. Ailanthus altissima (Miller) Swingle var. tanakai (Hayata) Sasaki in List Fl. Formos. 253. 1928; Li in Fl. Taiwan 3: 538. 1977. 臭椿 Pl.280
    A tall deciduous tree, up to 25 m high; bark yellowish gray, smooth. Leaves alternate, odd-pinnate, 45-60 cm long; leaflets 13-25, falcate-lanceolate, 10-15 cm long, 2.5-3 cm broad, acuminate, the base obtuse, oblique, entire except with few coarse teeth near the base, pubescent when young; petiolules very short. Flowers small, polygamous, terminal or axillary, paniculate. Samara 3-4 cm long, 7-8 mm broad, reddish brown, with 1 seed in the middle.
    The species occurs in China; the variety is endemic to Taiwan, in forests at medium to high altitudes in northern part.
    ILAN: Taipingshan, Sasaki s n. 1926*. TAOYUAN: Tanaka s. n. 1913 (Type of A. glandulosa var. tanakai Hayata).