Spyridium

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Non-spinose shrubs; branchlets pubescent with stellate (and often simple) hairs. Leaves alternate, shortly petiolate; stipules persistent or deciduous with age, free or united against stem above the petiole. Inflorescence a head or head-like (often subtended by specialized floral leaves), or flowers in small cymes crowded toward the ends of branches. Flowers sessile or subsessile, bisexual, subtended by 1–few papery bracts; free part of hypanthium very short; sepals 5, usually subequal to hypanthium; petals 5, attached at or near summit of hypanthium, hooding stamens (c. 0.5 mm long in Victorian species); disc a glabrous, narrow shelf shortly above perimeter of ovary summit; ovary inferior, pubescent, carpels 3, style entire or very shortly 3-lobed. Fruit indehiscent and falling as a unit, or weakly dehiscent; mericarps papery, indehiscent; seeds mottled, very shortly arillate.

An endemic, southern Australian genus of c. 45 species.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1999). Spyridium. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Neville Walsh, 2014-09-02
 
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