Handeliodendron

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Handeliodendron
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Sapindales
Family: Sapindaceae
Genus: Handeliodendron
Rehder
Species: Handeliodendron bodinieri
(H. Léveillé) Rehder

Handeliodendron consists of a single species of deciduous tree/shrub native to China,[1] and is classified as rare.[2]

Description[edit]

It grows up to 15 meters tall, and grows in mountain areas characterized by irregular limestone formations in Guangxi and Guizhou. The seeds are rich in oil, making them attractive to wild animals.[2]

Classification[edit]

It is related to Aesculus (horse chestnuts) and Billia, and is classified with them in the subfamily Hippocastanoideae[3] or the family Hippocastanaceae,[1] depending on whether these plants are recognized as a family or considered part of the Sapindaceae.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Handeliodendron". Flora of China. 
  2. ^ a b "Handeliodendron bodinieri". Flora of China. 
  3. ^ Harrington, Mark G.; Edwards, Karen J.; Johnson, Sheila A.; Chase, Mark W.; Gadek, Paul A. (2005). "Phylogenetic Inference in Sapindaceae sensu lato Using Plastid matK and rbcL DNA Sequences". Systematic Botany. 30 (2): 366. doi:10.1600/0363644054223549.