Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Perennial herbs, often arising from a thick rhizome. Leaves imparipinnate; stipules adnate to petiole. Inflorescence a dense terminal spike or cluster. Flowers bisexual (not in Victoria) or unisexual, monoecious, each flower subtended by 2 or 3 bracteoles. Hypanthium cup-shaped; epicalyx and petals absent; sepals 4; stamens 4–many, rarely 2; ovary superior, surrounded by hypanthium, carpels 1 or 2, rarely 3, 1 ovule per carpel. Fruit of 1 or 2 achenes enclosed in 4-angled, hardened, dry hypanthium, aggregated into a fruiting spike or head.

About 26 species, chiefly in the northern temperate regions; 2 species naturalised in Australia.

Source: Jeanes, J.A.; Jobson, P.C. (1996). Rosaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-03-15
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Rosales
family Rosaceae
Higher taxa
genus Sanguisorba
Subordinate taxa