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A genus of a few species in China, named in honour of J.-B. Keteleer, a French nurseryman of Belgian birth, partner in the firm of Thibaud and Keteleer. It is allied to Abies, differing from it most markedly in the cones, which fall in one piece, whereas in Abies they break up on the tree. The male catkins are borne in umbels. The leaves on young plants are unlike those of any species of Abies, being tapered into a sharp point. The buds consist of numerous scales, which persist at the base of the shoot.

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