Telopea

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Small trees or shrubs, often lignotuberous. Leaves alternate, simple, margins entire, toothed or lobed, distinctly petiolate. Inflorescence terminal, a dense ovoid to globular pseudo-racemose head surrounded by an involucre of enlarged reddish caducous bracts. Flowers zygomorphic, pedicellate, in pairs subtended by a small caducous bract. Tepals usually red, initially coherent but later slit by the style along outer edge, only free at apex (at least in Victoria); anthers sessile; hypogynous glands fused into a crescent or partial ring; ovary stipitate, glabrous, ovules several in 2 rows; style long and curved, tip dilated into a pollen presenter. Fruit a several-seeded, leathery to almost woody follicle; seeds in 2 imbricate rows, flat with a terminal wing.

5 species currently recognized, all in south-eastern Australia.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1996). Proteaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Proteanae
order Proteales
family Proteaceae
Higher taxa
genus Telopea
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