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Genus Alyxia Family Apocynaceae

Description: Shrubs with milky latex.

Leaves opposite or in whorls of 3–6.

Calyx lobes ovate; glands absent. Corolla tube, cylindrical, hairy inside; lobes broad, contorted in bud, throat without scales. Stamens enclosed in corolla tube, inserted high in the tube on very short filaments, glabrous, free from stigma; anthers with a short apical appendage. Ovary of 2 distinct carpels; style single, slender, the style head ovoid.

Fruit a drupe, single or in pairs; either 1-seeded by abortion or 2–5-seeded and moniliform with each article 1-seeded.


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Distribution and occurrence: World: 80 spp., Madag., Indomalesia, Aust. Aust.: 9 spp. (8 spp. endemic), all States.

Text by G. J. Harden & J. B. Williams
Taxon concept:

Taxa not yet included in identification key
Alyxia squamulosa

 Key to the species 
1Leaves usually in whorls of 3–6, apex acute or acuminate, spinose; rainforest species, coastal districts north of NowraAlyxia ruscifolia
Leaves mostly opposite, apex mucronate or blunt, not spinose; coastal headland species, south of NowraAlyxia buxifolia

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