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Calycanthaceae

Calycanthaceae A small family of trees and shrubs, most of them aromatic, with simple, opposite, exstipulate leaves, and flowers that have numerous tepals, stamens, and free carpels, the carpels and achenes lying within the hollowed receptacle. There are 3 genera, with 9 species, occurring in eastern Asia (Chimonanthus and Sinocalycanthus) and N. America (Calycanthus).

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calycanthus

calycanthus (kăl´Ĭkăn´thəs), any plant of the genus Calycanthus, aromatic shrubs of N North America, Asia, and Australia. An American type, the Carolina allspice, is cultivated for the aromatic fragrance of its flowers. Calycanthus is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Magnoliales, family Calycanthaceae.

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