The Magnoliidae
Family Overview - The Magnoliales
Winteraceae - the Winter Bark Family
Diversity:  8 genera and about 90 species

Distribution:  Restricted to the southern hemisphere, Malaysia, Australia and Central/South America - not represented in the Texas flora

Floral structure:


Some genera show syncarpy, flowers can be solitary but often aggregated in cymose inflorescences

Significant features:  xylem without vessel elements and this appears to be a basal (not derived) condition.  Closure of the carpel not complete in some taxa.  Often positioned, especially Drimys winteri, as the most archaic extant angiosperm.


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