Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Shrubs, glabrous or nearly so, dioecious or hermaphrodite. Leaves alternate or clustered on short lateral branches, entire to toothed; stipules minute, caducous. Flowers solitary or clustered, axillary, often on older stems, slightly zygomorphic or actinomorphic. Sepals often unequal, shortly united at base or free; petals more or less equal; staminal filaments united above, connective extending into a toothed appendage. Fruit a drupe or a berry usually 2-seeded, occasionally 1- or 3-seeded; seeds with caruncle.

About 15 species, in Australia (including Lord Howe and Norfolk Islands), New Zealand, Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu, Fiji and Solomon Islands; 2 species in mainland Australia and Tasmania, .

Created by: Neville Walsh, 2015-04-09
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2020-07-06
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Malpighiales
family Violaceae
Higher taxa
genus Melicytus
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