Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Annual herbs, stems bristly hairy. Leaves simple but deeply palmately dissected, sessile or petiolate; stipules present, large, connate, lobed and similar in appearance to leaves. Inflorescence in dense sessile clusters (cymes) opposite leaves, surrounded by fused stipules. Epicalyx bracts 4; sepals 4 or 5 (occasionally 6) and larger than epicalyx bracts; petals absent; hypanthium urn-shaped; stamens usually 1, occasionally 2, inserted on disc; ovary superior, 1-locular with 1 ovule; stigma and style 1. Fruit an achene enclosed in hypanthium.

20 species, in the temperate Northern Hemisphere and Australia; 1 endemic, 2 naturalised in Australia.

Identification of all 3 species is difficult, with specimens displaying a high degree of variability. The genus in Australia warrants further study.

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 Aphanes
Subordinate taxa