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Genus Acrothamnus Family Ericaceae
Subfamily Epacridoideae

Description: Shrubs.

Leaves alternate, spreading, lamina blunt; veins not strongly raised on abaxial surface.

Inflorescences restricted to the ends of the branches, terminal and/or in upper axils, with few to several flowers and terminating in a bud-like rudiment. Flowers subtended by a bract and a pair of keeled bracteoles, corolla lobes hairy.


Distribution and occurrence: At least 5 species in eastern Australia, New Zealand, Tasmania, New Guinea and Borneo.

Found on the tops of hills and mountains.

Named from the shrubby habit and the distribution in elevated situations.

Text by L. Murray
Taxon concept: Quinn, C.J. et al. (2005) Australian Systematic Botany 18, 439-454.

 Key to the species 
1Leaves not strongly discolourous, abaxial surface without lines of papillae between the veinsAcrothamnus maccraei
Leaves strongly discolourous, abaxial surface bearing lines of minute papillae between the veins2
2Gynoecium shorter than the corolla tube, stigma includedAcrothamnus hookeri
Gynoecium equal to or longer than the corolla tube
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Acrothamnus montanus

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