Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Pubescent shrubs or small trees with stellate hairs (with or without simple hairs) on branchlets, leaves and flowers. Leaves alternate, petiolate, penninerved, discolorous; stipules usually deciduous, free. Inflorescence of cymes arranged in panicles or racemes, rarely umbellate or flowers solitary. Flowers bisexual; sepals 5, usually falling before fruit development; petals 5 (rarely fewer) or absent; stamens free, or rarely, shortly adnate to the petal base, usually longer than petals (if present); disc absent, to conspicuous and forming a ring around the ovary summit; ovary inferior to superior, carpels 3, style 3-lobed. Fruit a schizocarp, splitting to release 3 woody mericarps that are usually operculate on the inner face; seed smooth, with a small basal aril.

About 65 species, largely restricted to Australia, with 8 in New Zealand.

In the following key and descriptions, the state of the ovary (inferior/superior) is described at anthesis. Sepals are described as persistent only if they are present on mature or near-mature capsules: in most cases they fall soon after anthesis. The operculum or 'window' occurs on the inner face of each mericarp and is a more or less distinct area of thin tissue that tears readily to release the enclosed seed.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1999). Pomaderris. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Rosales
family Rhamnaceae
Higher taxa
genus Pomaderris
Subordinate taxa