Arbutus

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Evergreen shrubs or trees. Leaves alternate and petiolate. Flowers in terminal bracteate racemes or panicles; bracteoles absent; sepals 5, shortly fused at base; corolla urceolate, with 5 short recurved to revolute lobes, deciduous; stamens 10, filaments woolly, anthers with narrow, awn-like appendages. Fruit a globose berry.

14 species from North America, western Europe and the Mediterranean region; 1 naturalised in Australia.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1996). Ericaceae. 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 Arbutus
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