Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Herbs or shrubs, mostly perennial, often with translucent and sometimes blackish glands. Leaves opposite or sometimes whorled, sessile. Inflroescences mostly terminal, solitary flowers or cymes. Flowers bisexual, 5-merous with sepals and petals free; sepals valvate in bud; petals yellow, rarely white or orange. Stamens mostly numerous, free, often aggregated into 3–5 bundles; anthers tipped by a small gland. Ovary (1–)3–5-locular, dehiscing longitudinally; ovules numerous. Styles 2–(3–5), free. Fruit a capsule, drupe or berry. 

About 370 species worldwide, mainly in temperate areas; 17 species in Australia, 3 native. Some species grown for ornament.

Created by: Neville Walsh, 2014-09-09
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-08-01
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