Osteocarpum

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Decumbent to erect, virtually glabrous, annual or perennial herbs. Leaves alternate, sessile, terete to clavate. Flowers bisexual, solitary in axils, glabrous except for margins of the 5 membranous lobes; tube fleshy; stamens 5. Body (tube) of fruiting perianth subglobular, woody; apex with 0–4 tubercles or vertical wings developing between the immersed perianth lobes; style base hardened, pericarp otherwise membranous; seed horizontal.

Endemic Australian genus of 5 species, barely distinct from Threlkeldia in which it was included by Bentham (1870).

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1996). Chenopodiaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2020-09-07
 
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