Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Small or prostrate shrubs; branchlets glabrous to villous. Leaves sessile or shortly petiolate, concolorous to slightly discolorous, lower surface with few-many parallel veins. Flowers bisexual or unisexual, terminal or in the upper axils, solitary or rarely 2 close together (in a much reduced spike); bracts at base of inflorescences several, grading in size to 2 bracteoles that are inserted immediately below sepals; corolla 5-partite, narrowly urceolate to cylindric; inside of tube usually sparsely hairy; lobes triangular, valvate in bud, spreading to revolute, bearded inside; anthers oblong, enclosed in or exserted from corolla tube; filaments slender, adnate to corolla tube; nectary annular or in distinct scales; ovary glabrous to pubescent, 5(–7)-locular with 1 ovule per locule, style glabrous, or pubescent at base, long or short, stigma lobed. Fruit a drupe with pulpy mesocarp, the hard endocarp separating into pyrenes.

3 species, all occurring in Australia, 1 extending to New Zealand.

Source: Albrecht, D.E. (1996). Epacridaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Ericales
family Ericaceae
Higher taxa
genus Pentachondra
Subordinate taxa