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- A tribe of dicotyledonous trees and shrubs of the apetalous order Cupuliferæ, characterized by the usually three-celled ovary, lobed perianth, numerous stamens, and fruit a nut partly or wholly surrounded by an involucre or cupule. It contains 4 genera, including the oak, beech, and chestnut, for which see
Quercus(the type), Fagus, Castanea, and Castanopsis. The range of the whole tribe is included in that of the oak (see Quercus), except in the case of the beech, which extends into South America, Australia, and New Zealand.
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