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Euonymus - Euonymus


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Last modified: 02/01/2013


Note: The Spermatophyta Committee rejected (Taxon 49: 270-271 (2000)) a proposal to conserve the gender of Euonymus as feminine. The Code currently regards the name to be masculine since it lists the type as E. europaeus, and the Committee decided not to amend this usage (cf. Mitchell & Tucker, 1997).

Euonymus L., Sp. Pl. 197. 1753. Gen. Pl. 91. 1754. (“Evonymus”) (orth. cons.). LECTOTYPE: Euonymus europaeus L., designated by Britton & Brown (1913).

Vyenomus C. Presl, Abh. Königl. Böhm. Ges. Wiss. ser. 5. 3: 462. 1845.

Pragmatropa Pierre, Fl. Forest. Cochinch. ad t. 309. 1894, nom. illeg. (Art. 52.1). TYPE: Vyenomus pendula (Wall.) C. Presl (=Euonymus pendulus Wall.).

Melanocarya Turcz., Bull. Soc. Imp. Naturalistes Moscou 31(1): 453. 1858. TYPE: Melanocarya alata (Thunb.) Turcz. (=Euonymus alatus (Thunb.) Sieb.

Pragmotessara Pierre, Fl. Forest. Cochinch. ad t. 309. 1894. TYPE: Not designated.

Genitia Nakai, Acta Phytotax. Geobot. 13: 21. 1943. TYPE: Genitia tanakae (Maxim.) Nakai (=Euonymus tanakae Maxim.)

Key to the species of Euonymus

 1. Procument, trailing, or climbing shrub...2
1. Upright shrub...3

2. Flowers and fruits in dense cymes of 5-12 flowers; leaves elliptic or elliptic-ovate...Euonymus fortunei
2. Flowers and fruits 1-3 on long stalks; leaves obovate...Euonymus obovatus

3. Twigs with 2-4 corky wings...Euonymus alatus
3. Twigs lacking corky wings...4

4. Leaves finely hairy beneath...Euonymus atropurpureus
4. Leaves glabrous beneath...5

5. Petioles 1-3 mm...Euonymus americanus
5. Petioles 7+ mm...Euonymus europaeus

List of Euonymus Species


References to Euonymus

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