Parrotia C.A.Mey.

Persian Ironwood

Commemorating F.W. Parrot (1792–1841) from Dorpat, Germany, a naturalist and traveller, later Professor of medicine.

Small, deciduous, widespreading tree, with star-shaped hairs. Bark flaking in plates. Leaves alternate, simple, entire. Flowers appearing before the leaves, petals absent. Sepals 5–7. Petals 0. Stamens 5–7, red. Fruit a woody, 2-valved, pointed capsule.

Parrotiopsis jacquemontiana is a rarely cultivated Himalayan tree differing from Parrotia in having non-flaking bark and 15 or more stamens that open by valves not longitudinal slits; it can be seen at 'Pirianda' in the Dandenongs, Victoria. It is the only species in this genus.

Layering, grafting (onto Witch Hazel), occasionally by cuttings under mist.

1 species from N Iran.

Source: Spencer, R. (1997). Hamamelidaceae. 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.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     [Saxifraganae]
order      Saxifragales
family       Hamamelidaceae
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Subordinate taxa
species         Parrotia persica (DC.) C.A.Mey.