Eucryphia

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Tall shrubs or trees. Leaves opposite, simple (not in Victoria) or pinnate; interpetiolar stipules present, small, caducous; leaf and flower buds resinous. Flowers solitary or in small clusters in upper leaf axils, actinomorphic, bisexual, bracts persistent; sepals 4, cohering at the apex into a calyptra and falling as the flower opens; petals 4, imbricate; stamens numerous, in several whorls, hypogynous; anthers versatile, locules opening longitudinally, filaments slender, inserted on a nectar-secreting disk; ovary superior, of 5–12 fused locules, with several pendulous ovules per locule; styles equal in number to locules, slender, persistent in fruit. Fruit a capsule, woody or leathery (not in Victoria), opening septicidally; seeds few, winged.

1 genus and 7 species, restricted to the Southern Hemisphere; 5 endemic in Australia, 2 in Chile.

Previously recognised in the monotypic family Eucryphiaceae.

Source: Jobson, P.C. (1996). Eucryphiaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Andre Messina, 2015-09-22
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Oxalidales
family Cunoniaceae
Higher taxa
genus Eucryphia
Subordinate taxa