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Description

Trees or shrubs. Stipules present. Leaves alternate, petiolate, entire, with an extra-floral nectary at the base of the midrib on the upper leaf surface (appearing as a pale or dark, often reddish, circular patch). Flowers bisexual, actinomorphic. Sepals 5, accrescent. Petals 5. Stamens numerous. Ovary superior, (1-)3-locular. Carpels 3, 2-ovulate. Fruit 1-seeded, indehiscent, surrounded by the 5 large wings of the accrescent calyx.
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Evolution and Systematics

Functional Adaptations

Functional adaptation

Seeds dispersed over long distances: Anisoptera tree
 

The two spear-shaped wings of Anisoptera tree seeds enable long-distance dispersal because they are asymmetrical.

     
  "Anisoptera, one of the tallest of the trees in the same Asiatic forests, also has two wings, but they are spear-shaped and curve upwards and outwards. As its name suggests, they are also unequal in length. This asymmetry causes them to spin when they are released, and the seed resembles a tiny whirling helicopter, which may travel even further than a double-winged glider." (Attenborough 1995:19)
  Learn more about this functional adaptation.
  • Attenborough, D. 1995. The Private Life of Plants: A Natural History of Plant Behavior. London: BBC Books. 320 p.
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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Statistics of barcoding coverage

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Specimen Records: 329
Specimens with Sequences: 566
Specimens with Barcodes: 475
Species: 153
Species With Barcodes: 148
Public Records: 142
Public Species: 95
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Dipterocarpaceae

The Dipterocarpaceae are a family of 17 genera and approximately 500 species of mainly tropical lowland rainforest trees. The family name, from the type genus Dipterocarpus, is derived from Greek (di = two, pteron = wing and karpos = fruit) and refers to the two-winged fruit. The largest genera are Shorea (196 species), Hopea (104 species), Dipterocarpus (70 species), and Vatica (65 species).[2] Many are large forest emergent species, typically reaching heights of 40–70 m tall, some even over 80 m (in the genera Dryobalanops,[2] Hopea[3] and Shorea),[3] with the tallest known living specimen (Shorea faguetiana) 88.3 m tall.[3] The species of this family are of major importance in the timber trade. Their distribution is pantropical, from northern South America to Africa, the Seychelles, India, Indochina, Indonesia and Malaysia. The greatest diversity of Dipterocarpaceae occurs in Borneo.[4] Some species are now endangered as a result of overcutting, extensive illegal logging and habitat conversion. They provide valuable woods, aromatic essential oils, balsam, resins and are a source for plywood.

Classification[edit]

The dipterocarp family is generally divided into three subfamilies:

Phylogeny of the Dipterocarpaceae[4]
 Dipterocarpaeae  
Dipterocarpoideae
Dipterocarpeae

Anisoptera



Cotylelobium



Dipterocarpus



Stemonoporus



Upuna



Vateria



Vateriopsis



Vatica



Shoreae

Dryobalanops'



Hopea



Neobalanocarpus



Parashorea



Shorea




Monotoideae
    

Marquesia



Monotes



Pseudomonotes




Pakaraimoideae
    

Pakaraimaea





A recent genetic study found that the Asian dipterocarps share a common ancestor with the Sarcolaenaceae, a tree family endemic to Madagascar.[9] This suggests that ancestor of the Dipterocarps originated in the southern supercontinent of Gondwana, and that the common ancestor of the Asian dipterocarps and the Sarcolaenaceae was found in the India-Madagascar-Seychelles land mass millions of years ago, and were carried northward by India, which later collided with Asia and allowed the dipterocarps to spread across Southeast Asia and Malaysia. The first dipterocarp pollen has been found in Myanmar (which at that time was part of the Indian plate) and it dates from the upper Oligocene.[10] The sample appears to slowly increase in terms of diversity and abundance across the region into the mid-Miocene[10] Chemical traces of dipterocarp resins have been found dating back to the Eocene of India.

Fossilized arthropods[edit]

52-million-year-old amber found in the Gujarat province, India, containing a large amount of fossilized arthropods, was identified as sap from the Dipterocarpaceae family.[11]

Ecology[edit]

Dipterocarpaceae species can be either evergreen or deciduous.[12] Species occurring in Thailand grows from sea level to c. 1300 m elevation. Environments in which the species of the family occur in Thailand include: Lowland dipterocarp forest 0–350 m; Riparian fringe; Limestone hills; and Coastal hills.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Angiosperm Phylogeny Group (2009). "An update of the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group classification for the orders and families of flowering plants: APG III" (PDF). Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 161 (2): 105–121. doi:10.1111/j.1095-8339.2009.00996.x. Retrieved 2013-07-06. 
  2. ^ a b c Ashton, P.S. Dipterocarpaceae. In Tree Flora of Sabah and Sarawak, Volume 5, 2004. Soepadmo, E., Saw, L. G. and Chung, R. C. K. eds. Government of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. ISBN 983-2181-59-3
  3. ^ a b c "Borneo". Eastern Native Tree Society. Retrieved 2009-04-17. 
  4. ^ a b c Ashton, P.S. Dipterocarpaceae. Flora Malesiana, 1982 Series I, 92: 237-552
  5. ^ Maury-Lechon, G. and Curtet, L. Biogeography and Evolutionary Systematics of Dipterocarpaceae. In A Review of Dipterocarps: Taxonomy, ecology and silviculture, 1998. Appanah, S. and Turnbull, J. M. eds. Center for International Forestry Research, Bogor, Indonesia. ISBN 979-8764-20-X
  6. ^ S Dayanandan, P S Ashton, S M Williams, R B Primack (1999). "Phylogeny of the tropical tree family Dipterocarpaceae based on nucleotide sequences of the chloroplast RBCL gene". American Journal of Botany. 
  7. ^ S. Indrioko, O. Gailing, R. Finkeldey (2006). "Molecular phylogeny of Dipterocarpaceae in Indonesia based on chloroplast DNA". Plant Systematics and Evolution 261 (1-4): 99–115. doi:10.1007/s00606-006-0435-8. 
  8. ^ Dayanandan, S. Ashton, P. S. Williams, S. M. Primack, R. B. 1999. Phylogeny of the tropical tree family Dipterocarpaceae based on nucleotide sequences of the chloroplast RBCL gene. American Journal of Botany. 86(8): 1182.
  9. ^ M. Ducousso, G. Béna, C. Bourgeois, B. Buyck, G. Eyssartier, M. Vincelette, R. Rabevohitra, L. Randrihasipara, B. Dreyfus, Y. Prin. The last common ancestor of Sarcolaenaceae and Asian dipterocarp trees was ectomycorrhizal before the India-Madagascar separation, about 88 million years ago. Molecular Ecology 13: 231 January 2004.
  10. ^ a b Morley, R.J. 2000. Origin and Evolution of Tropical Rain Forests. Wiley-Blackwell, NY.
  11. ^ Sample, Ian. "Prehistoric creatures discovered in huge Indian amber haul" The Guardian, 25 October 2010. Retrieved: 26 October 2010.
  12. ^ Smitinand, Tem, & Thatwatchai Santisuk, 1981, Dipterocarpaceae of Thailand with Special Reference to Silvicultural Ecology, Malaysian Forester, 44: 377-85
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