Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Perennial small tufted herbs, glabrous or with scattered marginal hairs on leaves. Leaves opposite (but often appearing more or less rosetted), linear, connate at the base, forming a short cup; stipules absent. Flowers solitary, terminal, pedunculate, 4- or 5-merous, bisexual; sepals 5, free; petals absent; stamens 4 or 5; ovary 1-celled; styles 4 or 5. Fruit a capsule opening by terminal valves; seeds numerous, ovoid to cuneate, with very small rounded papillae (in Victoria).

20 species, native in South America, South Georgia, the Antarctic Peninsula, New Zealand, Australia and sub-Antarctic islands; 6 or 7 species on mainland Australia and Tasmania; 3 species on Macquarie Is. and 1 on Heard Is.

The genus is currently under revision.

Source: West, J.G.; Cowley, K.J. (1996). Colobanthus. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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