Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Shrubs, glabrous or variously hairy, often strongly malodorous. Leaves imparipinnate; leaflets opposite, asymmetric, deeply toothed; petiole and rachis winged. Inflorescences racemose, axillary or terminal. Flowers 1–4 at each node of raceme; sepals 5, pouched at base, laterally compressed; petals 5, the anterior one abortive, claw hairy; disk large, unilateral; stamens 4, in 2 pairs, 1 pair shorter than the other, filaments free, anthers dorsifixed; ovary 4-celled, 4-lobed, ovules 2–4 per cell, style terete, persistent, stigma lobed. Capsule bladdery, reticulate, deeply 4-lobed, loculicidal; seeds 4–8, black, shiny, exarillate.

6 species, native to South Africa; 2 species naturalised in Australia.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Melianthaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Neville Walsh, 2014-09-10
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Geraniales
family Melianthaceae
Higher taxa
genus Melianthus
Subordinate taxa