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Genus Amperea Family Euphorbiaceae

Description: Perennial shrubs, monoecious or dioecious. Stems erect or procumbent, usually rigid, often ± leafless.

Leaves alternate, margins often revolute, sometimes toothed; stipules small.

Flowers clustered at nodes, surrounded by small brown bracts; males often numerous, females solitary or surrounded by a few male flowers. Male flowers with 4 or 5 perianth segments; stamens 10 or fewer, free. Female flowers with 5 perianth segments, ovule 1 in each loculus; styles 3, shortly 2-lobed.

Capsule with 6 erect teeth near apex; seeds oblong, smooth, carunculate.


Distribution and occurrence: World: 6 species, endemic Australia. Australia: Qld, N.S.W, Vic., Tas., W.A.

Text by T. A. James & G. J. Harden
Taxon concept:

One species in NSW: Amperea xiphoclada

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