Cliftonia Banks ex C.F. Gaertn.
  • Suppl. Carp. 246–247, pl. 225, f. 5. 1807.
  • [For William Clifton, vital dates unknown, first attorney general of Georgia (1754-1764), later Chief Justice of West Florida]


This taxon is accepted by Cyrillaceae
Notes: More details could be found in The Plant List v.1.1. Originally in The Plant List v.1.0

General Description

Shrubs or trees, evergreen, often much-branched from base. Leaves: petiole present or absent; blade with prominent midrib and nearly imperceptible lateral veins on both surfaces. Inflorescences produced at distal ends of branchlets of previous season, developing before shoot growth of current season begins, 2-6 cm; bract caducous. Pedicels: bracteoles caducous, 2. Flowers: sepals broadly deltate to oblong, apex obtuse to rounded; petals spatulate to obovate, base weakly clawed, apex rounded; stamens 10, in 2 whorls of 5, outer whorl antisepalous; filaments basally flattened and petaloid; ovary 3-5-locular; ovules 1 per locule; stigma 3-5-lobed. Fruits samaralike, 2-5-winged, broadly ellipsoid. Seeds usually absent, sometimes 1-5.

Common Names

NameLanguage
[For William Clifton, vital dates unknown, first attorney general of Georgia (1754-1764), later Chief Justice of West Florida]

 Information From

Cyrillaceae
World Flora Online Data. 2017.
  • A CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0).
Flora of North America @ efloras.org
http://www.efloras.org/flora_page.aspx?flora_id=1
'Flora of North America @ eFloras (2008). Published on the Internet http://www.efloras.org/flora_page.aspx?flora_id=1 [accessed August 2016]' Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
  • B Flora of North America Association
World Flora Online consortium
http://www.worldfloraonline.org/organisation/WFO
World Flora Online Data. 2018.
  • C CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0).