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Phillyrea L.

Protologue: Sp. Pl. 1: 7 (1753)

Type species: Phillyrea latifolia L.

Synonyms: Phillyraea, Philyrea, Phyllirea

Distribution:Mediterranean region to W Asia

Number of species: 2

Description (from Flora Palaestina, vol. 3): Evergreen shrubs or trees. Leaves opposite, simple, coriaceous. Flowers hermaphrodite (but see Lepart & Dommee 1992), in short axillary panicles or spikes on the previous year's shoots. Calyx small, 4-dentate. Corolla small, subrotate, 4-lobed, whitish. Stamens 2; filaments short; anthers exserted. Style short; stigma 2-lobed. Fruit a bluish-black drupe with a brittle stone.

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