Neotropical Lecythidaceae have flowers and fruits so different from other plant families that special terminology is needed to describe them. Especially complex are terms that apply to the androecium of the zygomorphic-flowered species which are limited to the Neotropics. This glossary only includes terms that are applicable to Lecythidaceae.

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