Eriochiton

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Small subshrubs with woolly branchlets. Leaves alternate, sessile, linear, covered with semi-appressed silky hairs. Flowers bisexual, solitary in axils; perianth immersed in woolly hairs, cup-shaped, 5-lobed, fleshy in lower half; stamens 5, stigmas 2. Fruiting perianth subglobular, hard, densely woolly, developing 2 series of 5 appendages near maturity; the inner erect, oblong and deeply divided, arising from base of perianth lobes; the outer spreading, entire or narrowly lobed, spinescent, arising immediately below inner series; radicular slit extending to near base; pericarp crustaceous above, membranous below; seed thick, horizontal, testa membranous.

Endemic monotypic genus in central to southern, semi-arid Australia.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1996). Chenopodiaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Caryophyllanae
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genus Eriochiton
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