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Syringa L.

Protologue: Sp. Pl. 1: 9 (1753)

Type species: Syringa vulgaris L.

Synonyms (links to GRIN): Busbeckia, Ligustrina, Lilac, Lilaca, Lilacum

Distribution: Temperate Eurasia

Number of species: about 20

Description (from Flora of China): Shrubs or small trees, deciduous. Branchlets terete or 4-angled; pith solid; winter buds scaly, terminal buds often absent. Leaves opposite, simple or rarely pinnate, petiolate; leaf blade entire, pinnatisect or occasionally lobed. Inflorescences paniculate, terminal or lateral, generally composed of small cymes. Flowers bisexual, sessile or pedicellate. Calyx campanulate, regularly or irregularly 4-toothed or subtruncate, persistent. Corolla funnelform, salverform, or rotate; lobes 4, spreading or upright, valvate, usually cucullate and beaked at apex. Stamens 2, included or exserted. Ovules 2 in each locule, pendulous. Style filiform, shorter than stamens; stigma 2-cleft. Fruit a loculicidal capsule, slightly compressed. Seeds 2 in each locule, flat, narrowly winged; endosperm present; radicle erect.

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