Hybanthus

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Perennial herbs or shrubs, (in Victoria) glabrous. Leaves alternate or in clusters, rarely opposite, sessile or petiolate, entire to toothed; stipules present or absent. Inflorescence axillary or terminal, flowers solitary or in raceme or cyme. Sepals subequal; petals unequal, lower petal longer than others, spurred, clawed, with broad lamina, lower pair linear, lateral pair broader; staminal filaments short, anthers free but cohering by narrow wings, often with appendages, the 2 lowermost anthers with basal nectaries; ovary globose, style clavate, curved at the apex. Fruit a capsule, coriaceous, glabrous, dehiscing into 3 boat-shaped valves; seeds 2-many, smooth, pitted or reticulate.

About 150 species in tropical and subtropical regions; 10 species in Australia.

Source: Entwisle, T.J. (1996). Hybanthus. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
 
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