Disporum

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Disporum

Description

Glabrous rhizomatous herbs. Leaves cauline; Ovary superior, sessile, ovoid to obovoid, 3-celled; Fruit a 1-3-seeded berry.

Distribution

Asia-Temperate: Asia-Tropical:, Jawa (Jawapresent); Lesser Sunda Is. (Balipresent); Malaya (Peninsular Malaysiapresent); Sumatera (Sumaterapresent); Thailand (Thailandpresent) Canada: present Japan: present West Malesia: present northern Deccan Peninsula: present western U.S.A: present
Approximately 30 spp. currently recognized in the western U.S.A. and Canada, Japan, China, northern Deccan Peninsula, through Thailand to West Malesia: Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, Java, and Bali.
In my opinion it is highly unlikely that more than half of these will be recognized after critical revision.

Notes

Backer l.c. pointed to the peculiar sympodial structure of the stem.

Citation

Baker - in J. Linn. Soc. Bot. 1875: 588
Hook.f. - in Fl. Br. Ind. 1894: 359
D. Don - in Trans. Linn. Soc. Lond. 1841: 513
Back. - in Handb. Fl. Java. 1924: 73
Krause - in E. & P., Nat. Pfl. Fam., ed. 2, 15a. 1930: 368