- Pl.Preiss. 1(4):292 (1845)
- Name Status
Habit and leaf form. Prostrate or ascending herbs; bearing essential oils, or without essential oils (?); resinous, or not resinous (?). Perennial; plants with a basal concentration of leaves, or with neither basal nor terminal concentrations of leaves (?). Mesophytic. Leaves small to medium-sized; alternate; leathery; petiolate; more or less sheathing. Leaf sheaths with free margins. Leaves gland-dotted, or not gland-dotted (?); aromatic, or foetid, or without marked odour (?); simple; pulvinate, or epulvinate (?). Leaf blades entire; ovate to trullate (or fan-shaped); pinnately veined, or palmately veined, or parallel-veined (?). Leaves without stipules. Leaf blade margins dentate. Leaves without a persistent basal meristem. Stem anatomy. Nodes multilacunar, or tri-lacunar (?). Secondary thickening developing from a conventional cambial ring, or anomalous (?); from a single cambial ring.
Reproductive type, pollination. Fertile flowers hermaphrodite. Unisexual flowers absent. Plants hermaphrodite. Entomophilous.
Inflorescence and flower features. Flowers aggregated in ‘inflorescences’; in umbels. Inflorescences compound. The terminal inflorescence unit cymose, or racemose (?). Inflorescences terminal; pedunculate, head-like; with involucral bracts, or without involucral bracts (?); pseudanthial, or not pseudanthial (?). Flowers bracteate; small; regular to somewhat irregular (?); 5 merous (except for the gynoecium); cyclic; tetracyclic. Free hypanthium absent. Perianth with distinct calyx and corolla; 10; 2 -whorled; isomerous; white, or pink. Calyx present (conspicuous); 5; 1 -whorled; gamosepalous; lobed (lobes peltate); persistent; with the median member posterior. Calyx lobes more or less orbicular. Corolla 5; 1 -whorled; polypetalous; valvate; unequal but not bilabiate, or regular (?); white, or pink. Corolla members acute. Androecium 5. Androecial members free of the perianth; all equal to markedly unequal (?); free of one another; 1 -whorled. Androecium exclusively of fertile stamens. Stamens 5; isomerous with the perianth; oppositisepalous; inflexed in bud. Anthers oblong in outline; dehiscing via longitudinal slits; introrse; tetrasporangiate. Gynoecium 2 carpelled. The pistil 2 celled. Gynoecium syncarpous; synovarious; inferior. Ovary plurilocular; 2 locular. Gynoecium median. Epigynous disk present. Gynoecium stylate. Styles 2; free to partially joined (their bases thickened into a small gland-like stylopodium or disc-lobes); apical. Stigmas wet type; non-papillate; Group IV type. Placentation axile, or apical (?). Ovules 1 per locule, or 2 per locule (usually two, but one abortive ?); pendulous; epitropous; non-arillate; anatropous.
Fruit and seed features. Fruit non-fleshy; not hairy; a schizocarp. Mericarps 2 (with some secondary ribs as well as the primary ribs, the dorsal edge rounded). Seeds endospermic. Endosperm oily. Embryo well differentiated. Cotyledons 2. Embryo achlorophyllous; straight. Seedling. Germination phanerocotylar.
Physiology, biochemistry. Aluminium accumulation not found. Photosynthetic pathway: C3.
Geography, cytology, number of species. Native of Australia. Endemic to Australia. Australian states and territories: Western Australia.
Additional characters Petals not inflexed.
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