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A genus of about twenty species (fewer in some interpretations), natives of Malaysia, E. Australia, New Caledonia and Central and S. America. The family Winteraceae differs from Magnoliaceae (in which Drimys was once placed) in the leaves without stipules; small, rarely solitary flowers; carpels borne in a single whorl (not arranged spirally on a conical axis as in Magnoliaceae). The family is also represented in gardens by the New Zealand species Pseudowintera colorata and P. axillaris, described in Vol. III.

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