Xanthosia

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Perennial herbs and small shrubs, glabrescent to hirsute. Leaves toothed, lobed or dissected, rarely entire. Inflorescence an irregularly compound or simple umbel; involucral bracts usually as many as rays; umbellules with 2–3 bracteoles. Flowers bisexual, white to pink or pale green; sepals conspicuous, c. ovate; petals narrow, apex usually inflexed; nectary 2-lobed. Fruit laterally compressed, oblong to c. orbicular; mericarps 5–9-ribbed, often some ribs prominent and incurved at base; carpophore free or adnate to mericarp junction.

20–23 species, all endemic to temperate Australia; all States except Northern Territory. The genus is currently under revision.

Source: Duretto, M.F.; Hart, J.M. (1999). Xanthosia. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
 
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