Cleretum

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Succulent annual herbs, with conspicuous papillose epidermal cells; stems decumbent to ascending, internodes long. Leaves opposite, ± spathulate, entire (Australian plants). Flowers solitary, terminal and axillary, pedicellate; sepals 5, united, unequal, 2 smaller with membranous margins; petaloid staminodes many, yellow or white, flattened; stamens 5–10, filaments flattened, shorter than staminodes; styles 5; ovary inferior, 5-locular; ovules numerous, parietal. Fruit a 5-locular capsule, opening when wet; valves winged; seeds numerous, triangular to quadrangular.   

3 species native to South Africa, 1 naturalised in Australia.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2015-03-17
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-01-08
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Caryophyllanae
family Aizoaceae
Higher taxa
genus Cleretum
Subordinate taxa