Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Erect shrubs or trees; older stems usually rough from inflorescence and leaf scars; buds with rusty or brownish hairs. Leaves entire, rarely toothed, translucent or coloured dots and/or streaks present. Inflorescence of short axillary clusters borne on short lateral branches or protuberances, usually on old wood below the leaves. Flowers bisexual or unisexual, 4- or 5-merous. Calyx persistent, glandular; corolla usually glandular; staminal filaments very short, inserted at the base of the corolla-lobes; style absent or very short, stigma often short or lobed, sometimes slender and curved (not in Victoria); ovary usually globose, ovules few in 1 series. Fruit globose, slightly fleshy, usually pedicellate, glands usually obvious when immature, 1-seeded.

About 300 species. Almost cosmopolitan through tropical and subtropical regions; at least 15 species in Australia (eastern States only).

Australian members of the genus were formerly treated as a separate genus Rapanea.

Created by: Neville Walsh, 2015-07-21
Updated by: Andre Messina, 2019-08-20
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Ericales
family Primulaceae
Higher taxa
genus Myrsine
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