Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:

Establishment means:

Tufted biennial to perennial herbs, often with fleshy taproot. Leaves in a basal rosette (cauline leaves usually absent), pinnatisect, linear, lanceolate to deltoid in outline; leaf-sheath conspicuous, occasionally succulent; stipules absent. Inflorescence a simple umbel (rarely compound in O. brevipes), terminal; involucral bracts connate at base, lanceolate, oblanceolate to ovate, shorter than fruit. Flowers bisexual; sepals small to absent; petals oblong to ovate, apex inflexed; nectary conical, continuous with base of styles; carpels 2. Fruit narrow-oblong to ovate, slightly flattened laterally; mericarps prominently 5-ribbed; carpophore bifid or split to base.

About 23 species, in Borneo, Taiwan, New Guinea, Australia, New Zealand and Central and South America; 7 species in Australia, all endemic to south-eastern Australia.

Source: Jobson, P.K. (1999). Oreomyrrhis. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.

Chung, K.F. (2007). Inclusion of the South Pacific alpine genus Oreomyrrhis (Apiaceae) in Chaerophyllum based on nuclear and chloroplast DNA sequences, Systematic Botany 32(3): 671-681.

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