Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Herbs, subshrubs or shrubs, with erect or creeping stems, simple hairs often present. Leaves simple, entire, veins usually reticulate; stipules absent or vestigial. Inflorescence terminal or rarely axillary, a condensed raceme (head), rarely elongated, with or without involucral bracts. Flowers actinomorphic, unisexual or bisexual; sepals 4, on rim of long floral tube; corolla lobes absent or small, when present, scale-like and opposite sepals on rim of floral tube; stamens 2, 4, 8 or rarely 1, in throat of floral tube, sometimes exserted; anthers 2, parallel, longitudinally dehiscent; ovary free, superior, 1-locular; ovule 1, pendulous, style simple, nectary disc small or absent. Fruit indehiscent; embryo straight, oily.

40–50 genera and about 890 species, world-wide but predominantly in tropical and southern Africa and from South-east Asia to Australia; 9 genera with 105 species native to Australia.

Source: Entwisle, T.J. (1996). Thymelaeaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-03-27
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Malvales
Higher taxa
family Thymelaeaceae
Subordinate taxa
genus Gnidia
genus Kelleria
genus Passerina
genus Pimelea
genus Thymelaea