Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Shrubs. Leaves alternate, more or less coriaceous, discolorous, the lower surface usually somewhat striate from the 3–several longitudinal nerves. Inflorescences terminal and/or upper axillary, with flowers few to many in spikes; individual flowers with a bract and a pair of bracteoles immediately subtending sepals, functionally unisexual; sepals resembling bracts but larger; corolla lobes valvate in bud, finally spreading to recurved, white-bearded internally or sparsely papillose to glabrous; stamens inserted just below lobes; filaments shorter than anthers; ovary 5–6-locular, with 1 ovule per loculus, completely encircled by nectary of 5 lobes, style slender and terete or thickish near base and tapered upwards. Fruit a drupe, with a dry or fleshy mesocarp and hard endocarp.

5 species, 4 endemic to Australia, 1 to New Zealand.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2015-09-14
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-11-15
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Ericales
family Ericaceae
Higher taxa
genus Acrothamnus
Subordinate taxa