Lasiopetalum

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Shrubs, stellate-tomentose. Leaves simple, toothed or lobed, venation pinnate, petiolate; stipules absent. Flowers bisexual, arranged in leaf-opposed cymes; bracteoles 1–3. Calyx somewhat petaloid, deeply 5-lobed; petals 5, minute, almost obscured by the ovary; stamens 5, free, opposite the petals, linear-oblong, connivent, with terminal pores; staminodes absent; ovary sessile, 3–5-locular, each loculus with 2 or more ovules, style 1. Capsule shorter than the calyx, stellate-tomentose.

About 35 species, endemic to Australia, the majority in south-west Western Australia.

Source: Short, P.S. (1996). Sterculiaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
 
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