Thesium

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Perennial, rarely annual (not in Victoria), herbs or shrubs; branches slender and wiry. Leaves alternate, small, simple, usually entire, green or yellow-green. Inflorescence a panicle, raceme (neither in Victoria) or flowers solitary in leaf axils; peduncle united with leaf-base. Flowers small, bisexual, shortly pedicellate, white inside, yellowish outside; bract and 2 bracteoles usually present; tepals 4 or 5, campanulate or tubular, united at base, free portion with hair tuft inside at base or behind stamens; stamens 4 or 5, inserted on tepals; ovary inferior, ovules 3, style slender, stigma capitate. Drupe small, dry, nut-like, usually ribbed, green, crowned by persistent tepals.

About 250 species, in Europe, Africa, Asia and South America; 1 species in Australia.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Thesium. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Santalanae
order Santalales
family Santalaceae
Higher taxa
genus Thesium
Subordinate taxa