Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Perennial shrubs, usually with a mixture of simple or centrifixed hairs and glandular hairs. Leaves alternate, entire, toothed or serrate, petiolate or sessile. Inflorescences terminal, consisting of 1–5 erect scorpioid cymes, or flowers solitary; bracts few or absent. Flowers pedicellate; sepals 5, basally connate, scarcely elongating after flowering; corolla regular, 5-lobed, rotate, hairy outside but hairs wearing off with age, blue or white; stamens with a short free filament, inserted in throat of corolla-tube, anthers narrow-ovoid, exposed above corolla-tube forming an erect column around the style, appendage terminal, sometimes longer than anther; ovary conical to more or less cylindric, 2- or 4-celled; style terminal, simple, stigma minute. Fruit an indehiscent leathery drupe with 1 or rarely 2 pyrenes, smooth or slightly wrinkled when dry.

About 18 species, all endemic to mainland Australia.

Often placed in the family Ehretiaceae due to the entire ovaries, drupaceous fruits and woody stems.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Boraginaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
family Boraginaceae
Higher taxa
genus Halgania
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