Adenanthos

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Erect or rarely prostrate subshrubs, shrubs (in Victoria) or trees; lignotuber absent. Leaves alternate, entire to deeply divided, sessile to distinctly petiolate. Inflorescence axillary or terminal, 1–several-flowered. Flowers virtually actinomorphic in bud, sessile, single or rarely paired, subtended by an involucre of imbricate scale-like bracts; tepals initially coherent but splitting along upper side to release the style, later splitting open at tip; stamens 4, all perfect (in Victoria) or rarely anterior stamen reduced to a staminode; anthers more or less sessile; hypogynous glands 4, scale-like; ovary sessile, ringed by long coarse hairs, ovule 1; style elongating more rapidly than perianth, tip dilated into a pollen presenter; stigma an abaxial groove, maturing after anthers. Fruit a small nut, sessile in the involucral bracts, persistent or released on maturity.

32 species are currently recognized, all but 2 in south-western Western Australia.

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 Adenanthos
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