Cryptandra

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Shrubs, often ericoid, sometimes spinescent; branchlets pubescent with stellate and/or simple hairs. Leaves alternate, fasciculate, petiolate to subsessile; stipules persistent, connate around base of petiole. Inflorescence a single flower subtended by several imbricate bracts and (usually) a leaf, but sometimes clustered terminally in apparent heads. Flowers bisexual; hypanthium extending beyond ovary; sepals 5, usually shorter than hypanthium, persisting on mature fruit; petals 5, attached at or near summit of hypanthium, shorter than free part of sepals, closely hooding stamens; stamens attached shortly below petals; disc narrow, pubescent, closely surrounding ovary summit; ovary inferior to semi-inferior, summit pubescent (in Victoria); carpels 3 (rarely 2), style entire or 3-lobed. Fruit a schizocarp; mericarps dehiscent by a medial longitudinal slit; seeds red-brown, sometimes with paler mottling, shortly arillate.

An endemic Australian genus of c. 40 species, occurring in all States.

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