Stachyurus

Stachyurus is the only genus in the flowering plant family Stachyuraceae,[1] native to the Himalayas and eastern Asia. They are deciduous shrubs or small trees with pendent racemes of 4-petalled flowers which appear on the bare branches before the leaves.[2] The plants have leaves with serrate margins.

Stachyurus
Stachyurus praecox flowers.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Crossosomatales
Family: Stachyuraceae
J.Agardh
Genus: Stachyurus
Siebold & Zucc.
Species

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Pendunculagin, casuarictin, strictinin, casuarinin and casuariin are ellagitannins found in species in this genus.[3]

Stachyurus praecox from Japan, and the slightly later-flowering S. chinensis from China, are both cultivated as ornamental plants, valued for their exceptionally early flowering periods.

Stachyurus chinensis

Species list

  • Stachyurus chinensis
  • Stachyurus coaetaneus
  • Stachyurus cordatulus
  • Stachyurus himalaicus
  • Stachyurus obovatus
  • Stachyurus praecox
  • Stachyurus retusus
  • Stachyurus salicifolius
  • Stachyurus yunnanensis

References

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