Neatostema

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Annual herbs, mostly covered with coarse hairs. Rosette leaves densely clustered, sessile, entire; cauline leaves alternate, moderately spaced, sessile. Inflorescences terminal, of 1–few simple monochasial scorpioid cymes; bracts present. Flowers sessile, arranged in 2 rows; sepals 5, scarcely connate at base, elongating slightly with age; corolla regular, 5-lobed, cylindric, hairy outside and inside, particularly in the throat, with a ring of nectary scales just below anthers, throat open, lobes scarcely spreading; stamens inserted in lower third of corolla-tube, anthers ellipsoid, subsessile; ovary 4-lobed, 4-celled, style filiform, about as long as stamens, stigma 2-lobed. Fruit splitting into 4 mericarps leaving a flatish gynobase; mericarps ovoid, beaked, with bulging 'shoulders', outer surface smooth, inner surface tuberculate and ridged, attachment scar broad and thin, basal.

Monotypic genus from the Mediterranean region.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Boraginaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
family Boraginaceae
Higher taxa
genus Neatostema
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