Melichrus

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Procumbent to erect shrubs. Leaves ± discolorous, the lower surface with unbranched parallel veins. Flowers bisexual, axillary, solitary, on hardened current or previous season's wood; bracts several, grading in size to 2 bracteoles immediately subtending sepals; corolla 5-partite, urceolate to rotate-campanulate; inside of surface of tube with tufts or a ring of papilla-like glandular hairs near base; lobes triangular to ovate, valvate in bud, erect to spreading, with scattered long hairs inside; anthers oblong-rectangular, usually enclosed within corolla tube; filaments distinctly flattened, adnate to base of corolla tube; nectary annular; ovary glabrous, 4–6-locular with 1 ovule per locule, style glabrous, short, conic, stigma small, inconspicuous. Fruit a drupe, with a slightly pulpy mesocarp and a hard endocarp.

Endemic Australian genus with 4 species, occurring in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.

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
Higher taxa
genus Melichrus
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