Clethra Family

Shrubs and small trees mostly wih star-shaped hairs. Leaves alternate, simple; stipules absent. Flowers bisexual and regular, in terminal clusters. Sepals 5 or sometimes 6 joined at the base into a tube, persistent. Petals 5 or 6, mostly free. Stamens 10, occasionally 12 in 2 series, free or occasionally just fused to the petals; anthers opening by terminal holes. Ovary superior; ovules numerous with axile placentation. Carpels 3, fused, with hollow 3-branched style. Fruit a capsule.

Related to the family Ericaceae.

Flowers sweet-smelling; perianth radially symmetrical; anthers opening by terminal holes; carpels 3, fused. Similar to Ericaceae but the petals almost free.

1 genus of E Asia, the Americas and Madeira.

Source: Spencer, R. (1997). Clethraceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Ericales
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
genus        Clethra L.