Styphelia

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Erect, spreading or rarely prostrate shrubs. Leaves sessile or shortly petiolate, often discolorous, lower surface with branching subparallel-palmate veins. Flowers bisexual, axillary, solitary with a bract-like rudiment immediately below the bracteoles, or 2–3 in a much reduced spike terminated by a bract-like rudiment, anthesis occurring on hardened current or previous season's wood; bracts at base of inflorescence several, grading in size to 2 bracteoles immediately subtending sepals; corolla 5-partite, elongate; internal surface of tube hairy at throat and with 5 tufts or a ring of hairs toward base, rarely glabrous; lobes linear to very narrowly triangular, valvate in bud, revolute to recoiled, bearded inside; anthers linear, much exserted from corolla tube; filaments slender, adnate to corolla tube; nectary annular or of distinct scales; ovary 5-locular with 1 ovule per locule, style glabrous, filiform, longer than corolla tube, stigma lobed. Fruit a drupe, with a dry or slightly fleshy mesocarp and a hard endocarp.

Endemic Australian genus with 14 species, occurring in all States except Northern Territory.

Source: Albrecht, D.E. (1996). Epacridaceae. 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
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genus Styphelia
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