Orites

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Trees (not in Victoria) or shrubs. Leaves alternate, simple, margins entire (in Victoria), toothed or lobed, petiolate. Inflorescence an axillary or terminal spike. Flowers actinomorphic, sessile, in pairs subtended by a caducous bract. Tepals white or cream, initially coherent but splitting to the base on maturing, apices recurved; anthers with a distinct free filament; hypogynous glands 4, free, linear; ovary sessile, ovules 2; style filiform, barely dilated at the tip into a definite pollen presenter. Fruit a 2-seeded, leathery, boat-shaped follicle; seeds compressed, with an oblique, membranous terminal wing.

11 species; 8 in eastern Australia, 3 in South America.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1996). Proteaceae. 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 Proteanae
order Proteales
family Proteaceae
Higher taxa
genus Orites
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