Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Erect to prostrate shrubs, often hispid. Flowers in terminal or upper-axillary racemes, or solitary; calyx 5-lobed, often enlarged and succulent in fruit, surrounding or enclosing the capsule; corolla urceolate or campanulate, shortly 5-lobed; stamens 10, not exceeding corolla, the filaments dilated at base; anthers dehiscing by apical pores. Fruit a capsule, dehiscing by 5 valves, ± enclosed by the enlarged succulent calyx.

Over 100 species, chiefly from southern and central America, also Malesia, New Zealand; 4 species in Australia.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1996). Ericaceae. 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
Higher taxa
genus Gaultheria
Subordinate taxa